Plans in pipeline to hold JKR REACH annually
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Public Works Department (PWBD) is planning to turn its “Run, Exercise And Cycle for Health” (JKR REACH) charity programme into an annual event following the successful execution of the first one which was held in October this year.
“The number of responses and participation, and the support we received for this programme was overwhelming,” Director-General of Public Works Hj Marzuke Hj Mohsin told The Brunei Times on the sidelines of an appreciation ceremony at the Atrium of PWDHeadquarters.
Hj Marzuke reported that over 3,100 participants collectively took part in the run and cycle events that were part of the JKR REACH 2013 event.
“The event was very successful, and we hope that we can do the same next year, or better,” he said.
With the theme, “Dare to REACH, Care to Save”, the event aimed to raise awareness on the importance of water conservation.
Hj Marzuke said that the PWD hopes that the message to reduce water wastage delivered via the event will be taken up not only by the event participants, but by their family members and friends, as well as the general public.
The generous donations collected from the event were awarded to six beneficiaries.
The Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans (DANA) received $30,000; Pusat Ehsan received $20,000; while the Centre for Children with Special Needs (KACA), the Society for the Management of Autism-Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER Brunei), and Learning Ladders Society each received $10,000. Care and Action for Strays (CAS) received $5,000.
Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman handed out certificates of appreciation to committee members, volunteers, partners and sponsors, for their roles in the JKR REACH event.
Ministry of Development Permanent Secretary (Technical & Professional) Dato Paduka Hj Suhaimi Hj Gafar, Ministry of Development Permanent Secretary (Administration & Finance) Hj Md Lutfi Abdullah, and PWD staff, were also present at the ceremony.
A viewing of the JKR REACH 2013 water tankers, which displayed the painted hands of the participants from the charity event as a symbol of their pledge to conserve water, took place at the end of the ceremony.
The minister also viewed the newly painted PWD buses, which are a part of the department’s initiatives to promote PWD services, by displaying them on the buses.
He also visited the recently-renovated and designed “Bilik Si Manja”, a nursery room that is part of the PWD’s welfare programme to provide nursery services to allow PWD staff to bring their children to work.
The Brunei Times