Pusat Belia Cat Show receives encouraging response
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
CAT enthusiasts and owners took part in a cat show held yesterday in the Dewan Riadah at Pusat Belia (Youth Centre) in the capital.
Organised by KatakIjau Humanitarian Relief Support Group and Brunei cat-lovers Facebook group Brunei Meow, the event was held to help raise funds for the Brunei Breast Cancer Support Group, in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2013.
According to KatakIjau president Rozan Hj Kadri, this is the fourth year in a row that the cat show is taking place, and is held based on the success of the event in previous years.
“It is free for participants to bring their cats to today’s show, but those who entered their cats in the cat competition (happening tomorrow) paid a participation fee.
“There are a lot of cat lovers in Brunei. We raised up to four thousand dollars last year, so we hope that we will get more this year in donations, as the money will go to the Brunei Breast Support Group,” he said.
Rozan said he hopes that the event and donations can help raise the spirits of those who are currently fighting against breast cancer.
A donation booth for the Brunei Breast Cancer Support Group was present at the event, along with booths selling pet cat supplies that were run by sponsors DZ Veterinary Clinic and Petlink.
One of the visitors to the show, 17-year-old student Akmal Farwizan Hj Jaman said that despite having 12 cats at home, she had never been to any cat shows before and was surprised to see so many cats present.
“It is rare to find shows like these in Brunei,” she said.
Farwizan also said she would consider participating in next year’s show, should there be one.
Suci Kusuma was seen at the charity event with her two children, 12-year-old Arsenio and eight-year-old Arzeta.
“I think this event is interesting for many kids in Brunei. We are getting to know about many different species of cats today,” Suci said.
Meanwhile, one of the show participants Nur Khalisah Ahmad, who had brought two cats to the show, shared that she felt like the show was for a good cause.
“It’s also a good opportunity for others to see and appreciate my cats,” she added.
Part two of the event will be held tomorrow at Pusat Belia, where a total of 45 cats are expected to compete in four categories. The cat show and competition will be on from 8.30am until 4.30pm, and will cost $2 per adult and $1 per child, for entry.
The Brunei Times