Social Welfare Council’s Raya charity drive promising

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Council on Social Welfare or Majlis Kesejahteraan Masyarakat (MKM) has received an overwhelming public response to its Hari Raya charity drive.

The NGO’s vice-president, Nur Judy Abdullah, said members of the public have been incredibly generous in donating gently-used clothing for underprivileged families.

“We have boxes and boxes of clothing ready for distribution. We already distributed about 100 boxes of clothing to families in Temburong last month,” she said on Saturday.

The programme is part of MKM’s ‘Titian Sejambak Kasih’ charity drive to provide less fortunate families with new clothing for the festive season.

Around 400 boxes have been collected since January, and the NGO is still accepting donations until May 31.

Judy said the next distribution will take place in Tutong on May 15, with the help of local village heads.

“Due to the overwhelming response we had last year, we decided to start (the clothing drive) early this year so we were able to properly sort through the clothes and ensure they are in good condition,” said MKM. “We didn’t expect that we would receive this much.”

Last year, the charity managed to donate clothing to more than 200 individuals from 60 families during Ramadhan and Hari Raya. So far this year, they have distributed clothes to some 50 families in Temburong alone.

Zubaidah Dato Paduka Hj Abu Zar, head of MKM’s Children Committee, said all clothing must be washed and in good condition. She added that clothing not distributed during Hari Raya will be used for emergency assistance to fire victims.

MKM will stop accepting donations on May 31, and the remaining distribution of clothing will be carried out during Ramadhan.

For clothes donations, items can be collected from the donor or can be dropped off at No 3, Simpang 204-9-14, Jalan Sungai Akar between 10am and 8pm.

For more information, members of the public can contact Intan Kassim 8721403; Hamidah Lakem at 8770312; and Zubaidah Abu Zar at 8983155.

The Brunei Times