DANA receives $60,380 in donations

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THE Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Orphans Fund (DANA) received a $60,380 donation yesterday from eight organisations.

DANA officer Samsudin Hj Puasa told The Brunei Times that DANA aims to assist the students’ studies by providing school equipment with the assistance of the donations.

He said this during the annual Excellent Student Incentive Award (AIPC-Dana 2015) ceremony at the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) Complex.

“We want to help in many ways, but our focus is their education because education is very important for their future,” Samsudin said.

“We want to teach them to be independent for the future, to obtain a suitable career of their interest, which is why we are assisting them in enhancing their education,” he said.

Samsudin hopes that the school equipment provided for the students would motivate them to further improve their studies.

“We provide as much as we can with the help of others, we provide all registered orphans with coupons before the school year starts for them to purchase their school supplies such as bags and books,” he said.

“I hope that the students will always continue to achieve their best and enhance their knowledge and education skills to obtain a successful life,” he said.

According to Samsudin, there are 3,968 orphans registered until May 2015, in which 15 were rewarded during the ceremony for obtaining outstanding results in last year’s public examinations.

Nor Suziyani Abdullah, a high achiever in the Brunei Religious Studies Certificate (SPUB) examination, said that she was grateful for the assistance from DANA and the volunteering organisations.

“The assistance has boosted my motivation to study. I want to further improve my knowledge, and DANA and other companies are helping me and the others do it,” she said.

Nor Suziyani said she hopes to be a government officer as it will allow her to contribute to the developing the sultanate.

“I am interested in the economy. I hope to become an economist for Brunei and help our country,” she said.

“People must always stay focused on their studies, ambition and goal to keep them motivated.

“They must always remember to put all their best efforts in every task to achieve the best results,” she added.

Ampuan Amirah Farahiyah Ampuan Hj Mohammad, a high achiever in the Primary School Assessment (PSR) examination, said she wants to achieve the best with the guidance of DANA to find a suitable career in the future.

“It’s important for me to get a successful career... which is why I am grateful for the assistance provided by DANA and the other volunteers,” she said.

She expressed her intentions to be a heart surgeon in the future.

“I am motivated by my late father. He had a heart problem which is why I want to help those in need,” she said.

The Chairman of the DANA Board of Trustees Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman, who is also the minister of development, was present during the ceremony to receive the donations.

He also presented the rewards for the high achieving students.

Accompanying the chairman was the DANA Chief Executive Officer, Hj Brahim Hj Ismail.

The Brunei Times