KatakIjau raises funds for less fortunate students

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A total of more than $10,000 was distributed to 20 students at yesterday’s opening ceremony of KatakIjau’s “Charity Exhibition and Back To School” event.

The event was held at the indoor stadium at the Hassanal Bolkiah Sports Complex.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Rozan Hj Kaderi, president of the KatakIjau Humanitarian Support Relief Group and chairman of the event, said: ‘‘We were able to achieve more than BND10,000 from our previous fundraising activities and exhibition. Since the new school term will start soon, we decided to use the money for education.

‘‘We looked for students on the Ministry of Education’s list, and we decided to select orphans, single mothers and less fortunate children. But of course, we don’t have any limitations when it comes to distributing the funds,” he said.

“Most of them are primary and secondary level students. And we also helped several students from higher institutions. Regardless of whether they are Muslim or non-Muslim, Malay or non-Malay, local or foreigner, if they need our help, we will try our best to help them.”

Attending as the guest of honour to officiate the ceremony was Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Md Yunos. The event saw five students receive school items such as stationery, school bags and uniforms. The committee said school items will be distributed to the other 15 students at other events held by KatakIjau this month. During the ceremony, a plaque of appreciation was presented to Maxiskooter (KEMAS) for their participation in volunteer activities with KatakIjau.

KatakIjau is a non-governmental organization in the Sultanate that aims to strengthen the integrity of the nation and inspire care and concern for the less fortunate by engaging in charitable work.

“For 2015, we’re planning to hold another fundraising activity to help and support senior citizens in Kg Layong, Tutong. At the same time, we will be holding a forum on natural disasters including floods and wildfires for the public to promote awareness on hazards,” said KatakIjau’s Secretary General, Hjh Rosita Ajak.

The ceremony ended with the guest of honour touring several booths followed by a motorcycle exhibition held by KEMAS. The event is open to members of public until January 4.

The Brunei Times