‘Day of Action’ puts charity in focus

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MORE than 1,000 youths took part in the first large-scale nationwide volunteering campaign in the sultanate yesterday.

The ‘Day of Action’ saw various charitable events and donation drives take place simultaneously across all four districts.

It was also held to mark International Volunteer Day.

The focal point of the campaign was the Youth Centre in the capital, where Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof toured booths set up by the participating non-governmental organisations, government agencies and private companies.

Over 25 activities took place benefiting different causes and individuals such as cleaning services, food donations, donation of mosque supplies, environmental clean-ups and renovating homes of the needy.

The response to the campaign has been positive, according to some of the participating project coordinators, and they expressed their willingness to continue helping the less fortunate.

One of the activities - a soup kitchen - involved the cooking and preparation of fresh meals for selected families. Its project coordinator, Amirul Syazmie Ibrahim, told The Brunei Times that they had received generous assistance.

“For the ingredients, we’ve had very good support from various individuals and agencies. We managed to collect 125 fresh chickens for the main dish and $700 to buy other ingredients such as vegetables and rice,” said Amirul.

The Girl Guides Association of Brunei Darussalam (PPPBD) took part by collecting new pairs of school socks for students donated by members of the public.

The socks, which are prone to wearing out over the course of the school year, are an often overlooked necessity, and donating them to school children can help ease their parents’ financial burden.

“We’ve collected more than 50 pairs of school socks over two days, and people are still donating,” said PPPBD Assistant Head Commissioner Hjh Maani Hj Lamat, who is also project coordinator for their school socks drive.

She said they are still accepting donations at their headquarters and urged principals and teachers to come forward should they require assistance in the form of socks or in whatever form they need for their students.

The Department of Youth and Sports, through a statement, is encouraging more youths and individuals to come forward and volunteer in whatever way they can to not only build good leadership skills but also help create a more caring society.

Established in 1985, International Volunteer Day is celebrated annually on December 5. Brunei has been celebrating the United Nations observance day since 2011.

The Brunei Times