Tutong launches 24-hour drop box
THE public can now give essential items to charity at any time, following the launch of the ‘Donate and Help’ initiative at the Tutong District Volunteers building yesterday.
A large wooden box was placed at the venue to serve as a drop-off point for charitable goods. The drop-off point, which was introduced in conjunction with the nationwide ‘Day of Action’ campaign, will be made available around the clock for the convenience of donors.
Within hours after the launch, the box was quickly filling up with bags full of clothing and other necessities. Tutong District Volunteers Secretary Hj Saiful Bahri Hj Umar Ali said the ‘Donate and Help’ initiative aimed to encourage the community to give to charity and ensure a steady supply of essential items for the less fortunate.
He said donated goods will be handed out to recipients in need of help such as flood and house fire victims.
“Now that the public can drop off their donations at any time, we hope we will always have enough essential items to provide for the less fortunate residents of Tutong,” he said, adding that priority will be given to those affected by disasters.
The public were advised to donate essential items such as clothing and toiletries, but Hj Saiful Bahri said non-perishable food with distant expiry dates would also be accepted.
“Ideally, we would like people to donate clothing and other personal care items, as food items expire. However, if people insist on giving food, then we would strongly urge that they opt for non-perishable items such as canned goods,” he said.
Volunteers will distribute the charitable goods to the less fortunate upon being alerted by the Tutong District Office, which oversees the group.
Hj Saiful Bahri said any request to assist a particular Tutong resident or family can be submitted via the district office. The government agency will conduct the necessary background checks to ensure they are qualified to receive the donated items. Present during the launch was Acting Tutong District Officer Hj Adnan Hj Adam in his capacity as the Tutong District Volunteers Chairman.
Elsewhere in the district, the Tutong Cycling Expedition Volunteers (BEST) marked the ‘Day of Action’ with a clean-up spanning Kg Serambangun to Kg Lubok Pulau, while the Tutong District Office doled out food to 250 recipients as part of The Soup Kitchen event.
The district office also joined the Singapore-Brunei Youth Leadership Exchange Programme in hosting a diaper donation drive in Tutong. A total of 12 packs of diapers were collected.
The Brunei Times