UNISSA’s charity carnival in high gear

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

UNIVERSITI Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) yesterday organised its second charity carnival to collect donations for the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Orphans Fund (DANA).

The event at the Airport Mall was launched by the Acting Rector of UNISSA Dr Hj Mohammad Hussain Pehin Penyurat Hj Ahmad and drew good response from members of the public.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, one of the students manning the booths said people were already buying their products even before the carnival was launched.

Arif Fakhrullah A Ramlee said that this was a good sign as they aim to raise more than $200 by the end of the event.

“We were given $200 by the school. It was up to us to decide what to sell and do with it. We brainstormed and decided to sell things we know people would buy such as food and hand-made products.

“We also have a few games catered for children and adults such as golf and pop the balloons.”

He said that because it’s a school holiday, visitors comprise mostly parents and young children.

A senior citizen present at the carnival, Hj Abu Bakar, that activities that are organised for a good cause should be conducted nationwide.

“As Muslims, Alhamdulillah it is our responsibility to give back to those in need. To see organisations and universities organise charity events warms my heart. We should do all we can to help orphans.”

Chairperson of the event, Dr Siti Sarah Hj Ahmad, said in her welcoming remarks that 50 per cent of the proceeds will be handed over to the DANA.

“The remaining will be kept for the Centre for Promotion of Knowledge and Languages (PPIB) at UNISSA to be used for activities for the students,” she said.

The carnival was also an opportunity for UNISSA to promote its available programmes as well as disseminate information about its courses.

The four-day event is filled with various activities such coloring contest, jawi and khat writing contests, photography contests, and storytelling competitions including a tausyeh competition.

The carnival will take place until Sunday, December 7 from 9am to 9pm.

The Brunei Times