Help the needy, donate to Everest charity

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BELAIT

DONATIONS for the Everest Charity Trek benefiting the nation's poor families can now be made online through www.trekkingamal.com.bn.

Eight members of the Brunei Chess Federation (BCF) will scale Mt Everest in the Himalayas beginning in April this year.

They are calling on the public to donate to the Brunei Chess Federation's Everest Charity Trek. Proceeds of the fundraiser will go to poor families.

The federation officially launched the fundraiser's website yesterday at the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre in Belait.

Belait District Officer Hj Jamain Momin deposited the first online donation to the cause with a personal contribution.

The Everest Charity Trek is a project initiated by BCF with the support of the Community Development Centre (Japem) to help improve the quality of life of the poor and needy families in the country, said Pg Hj Sharifuddin Pg Hj Bakar, spokesperson of BCF.

The charity project, which will see a team of eight BCF members trekking up to the Mt Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas, is targeting to raise some $50,000 in support of the poor and needy families by helping to replace or repair their homes and provide for a more comfortable living environment.

The group aims to be the first Brunei team to reach the Everest Base Camp as well as to organise the "world's highest chess game ever played".

The trek across Nepal to ascend the Everest Base Camp located at 5,639 m above sea level, said Pg Hj Shariffuddin, was expected to commence from April 23 to May 9, 2010 and was expected to involve some 16 days of walking.

The first leg of the charity trek, explained the spokesperson, will start off at Lukla, Nepal and slowly make its way up the Himalayas to the Everest Base Camp on a 10km per day target where they will hopefully organise the chess game.

The team, made up of mostly made up of middle aged men, consisted of five Brunei Shell Petroleum employees, two businessmen, a lawyer and a private sector employee.

The deputy general manager of BSP who is also the BCF president, Hj Zainal Abidin Hj Mohd Ali, said that with the launch of the site, members of the public can contribute towards the cause through secure online transactions.

"All 100 per cent of the proceeds from the donations will go to the funds as we intend to fully donate everything to charity," said the president who will also be joining the team on their 16-day adventure in the Himalayas.

The project, according to the spokesperson, is fully financed by each individual on the team and therefore will not be using any of the funds collected through the cause.

Besides online donations, the public can also donate directly at Japem headquarters at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports building or by cheque payable to "BCF Trekking Amal" at all HSBC banks across the country as well as through the "SMS Brunei Prihatin" portal which will be initiated soon.

As part of the sharing experience which they intend to carry out, said Pg Hj Sharifuddin, the federation has fully committed to showcase the epic journey to the public through the Oil and Gas Discovery centre in June.

This exhibition will feature the team's expedition, adventures, trekking equipment and photos taken throughout the 16-day journey.

The team's personal accounts of the adventure will hopefully inspire the nation's youth to conquer their dreams, appreciate nature and encourage them to extend a helping hand to the community added Pg Hj Shariffudin.

The Brunei Times