$42,911 raised for Haiyan victims

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI has raised over $42,900 for the Humanitarian Fund to help Typhoon Haiyan victims in central Philippines.

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports’ Community Development Department said it had collected $42,911.60 from the public, government and private sector since the fund was set up on November 11.

The fund yesterday received $5,000 from the the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI).

AITI’s Chief Executive Officer Hj Yahkup Hj Menudin handed over the donations to Acting Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman at her office.

The monies for the donation were collected during AITI’s car boot sale which was organised to raise funds to help victims in the Philippines.

Datin Hjh Adina thanked AITI for coming forward and taking the initiative to organise a charity event.

“I hope that this donation would be meaningful and able to help the people in need who had lost almost everything because of the typhoon,” said Hj Yahkup.

Donations for the Humanitarian Fund are collected for three months until February 10, 2014.

The public are still welcome to donate the funds which are facilitated by banks, and other commercial centres throughout the country.

Donations can also be sent directly to the fund’s secretariat at the Administration and Finance Section, second floor, Community Development Department.

Apart from donations, non-governmental organisations and private sector were encouraged to organise community and welfare activities to raise funds for the typhoon victims.

The Phillippines government said 5,294 people have died and 1,779 still missing one month after the typhoon struck central Philippines. - Harny Abu Khair

The Brunei Times