Charity project to tailor clothes for orphans

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

AN UPCOMING charity project dubbed ‘Satu baju, Satu senyuman’ (one attire, one smile) will allow members of the public to pay for Hari Raya Aidil Fitri clothes for orphans.

The project, slated for April 4 to 7 is part of the Charity Bazaar 2016 organised by Battle Pro Marketing and Management Services and Brunei-Muara District Office.

Hj Syed Mohd Yassin Hj Syed Anayatullah Shah from Battle Pro Marketing and Management Services said by paying $17 for a baju cara melayu (traditional malay attire for male) for example, the customer will also be paying for a second pair of custom-made attire to be made for an orphan.

For those who wish to be part of the charity, they can come to the bazaar from 9am to 9pm at the Dewan Muhibbah, Brunei-Muara District Office, bring their fabrics and get their measurements taken there, he said.

“For example, if a family of five wants to make five sets of baju kurung (traditional malay attire for female) or baju cara melayu, then they will also be paying for five sets of attire for five orphans that the children can wear during Hari Raya,” he said.

“The bazaar will also be a one-stop centre for customers where they can purchase fabrics from several textile shops that we have invited and get their measurements taken for their attires at the same time.

“The charge is $17 for baju cara Melayu and $20 for baju kurung. For other designs such as jubah (robe), they can refer to the tailor shop for more details on the pricing during the bazaar,” he added.

The organisers will also be organising a ‘kain waqaf’ project following the completion of the bazaar.

Under the project, people can give fabrics as endowment for the cause. These fabrics will then be used to make the attires.

“Once the bazaar ends, we will have the final number of orders received and from there, we will know how many sets of attires we can give to the orphans,” he said.

“If we can get 1,000 orders from this project, that means we can make 1,000 new clothes for them. This is our minimum target,” he said.

According to Hj Syed Mohd Yassin, they have engaged a tailoring company to handle the orders.

“They have enough tailors so there should be no problems (in meeting the orders).”

Once all the details are finalised, Brunei-Muara District Office will proceed with calling the orphans to get their measurements taken.

“The challenge here is we have more than 8,000 orphans registered under the Brunei Muara District Office alone. I hope that we can give each of them a new set of clothes,” he said.

He added however if they only manage to get 1,000 orders, the selection on which orphans will be part of the project will be done based on their condition,” Hj Syed Mohd Yassin said.

He hoped that the public will be aware of the project.

“We believe that Bruneians are very generous, especially when it comes to helping orphans. We hope we can reach the maximum. If possible we want to have 10,000 orders so that we have 10,000 new clothes to give,” he said.

He shared that the idea for the project came about during his discussion with friends.

“We want to kick off this project early in time for Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.”The Brunei Times