Belait District Office 1st 2016 run dedicated to needy families

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THE Belait District Office is organising its first run later this month in a bid to raise funds of this year's welfare fund, used primarily to assist underprivileged families from the district.

The Belait District Officer Hj Haris Othman told The Brunei Times recently that its welfare fund has seen a targeted yearly increase in extending donations to the less fortunate in the form of essential living supplies and home repairs.

The financial year from April 2014 to March 2015 saw $19,000 in donations taken from the welfare fund, while the latest figures from April to September 2015 totaled $14,646.

“Our primary source for the welfare fund is donations from private organisations and businesses from Belait, but we are exploring new ways of reaching out to those who are interested in helping,” said Hj Haris.

The charity run, set to be held at Kuala Belait's Municipal Field on January 24, has over 400 registrants to date representing a “fair response” from the community.

Hj Haris added that the welfare fund was created in line with the previous Minister of Home Affairs' aspirations for the District Offices nationwide to play a more active role in helping the underprivileged.

“Most of the funds go to living supplies, given out mostly during the fasting month, as well as home repairs.

“Others include donations to orphans, victims of fires and certain individuals who we've identified to be in very troubling situations,” said Hj Haris.

88-year-old Hidup Abdullah was the biggest beneficiary of the welfare fund in the new financial year, receiving a new roof to his house in inner, rural Belait in April which the District Office bought and the Village Consultative Council of Merangking installed at a cost of $3,000.

Meanwhile those still interested in joining the charity run have until Tuesday to do so.

Registrations can be done at Level 2 of the Belait District Office building in Kuala Belait from 9am to 12pm in the morning, and from 2pm to 4pm in the afternoon.

Seven categories are available, ranging from 3.5 to 9 kilometres.

Race kits will be available for collection from January 18 to 21 at the District Office building's ground floor.

The Brunei Times