HEART raises $57, 374.57 for the poor and needy

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A TOTAL of $57,374.57 was raised through the Humanitarian Emergency Aid Response Team’s (HEART) first “Humanitarian Charity Night Cycling, Walk & Run 2014” event that took place last month.

This was announced during an appreciation dinner held by the non-government organisation for sponsors, volunteers and committee members at the Orchid Garden Hotel last night.

Speaking at the start of the dinner, HEART’s Secretary-General Simon Tiong said that the organisation’s charity event had been “the boldest step yet taken by the organisation as (they) basically started the project with zero funds”.

“For the first time, HEART Volunteers Group attempted to organise a nationwide charity event to raise funds for the poor and needy community in Brunei.

“It was a risk, taken by choice, because our organisation believed in the good and kind hearts of our people and nation in Brunei,” Tiong said.

Tiong further urged members of the society to show their support and volunteer in their own way – in any capacity or position they may be in – to help contribute towards positive occurrences in the country.

Present as the guest of honour yesterday was Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman.

Also present were HEART Chairman Jimmy Foo and Vice Chairman Paul Chiew (both founding fathers of the HEART volunteer group), and representatives from both the private and government sector.

At the event, pennants were presented to sponsors and volunteers by Foo, followed by special performances by the Tai Chi Association and Fitness Zone.

It was previously reported that the main objectives of the HEART charity event was to help raise funds for local cancer and stroke patients, and to help patients purchase medical equipment.

Founded in 2012, HEART is dedicated to humanitarian efforts and services by providing some support to the government.

The Brunei Times