Firefighters Run draws thousands

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MORE than 3,000 people took part in the Firefighters Run organised by Heroes Event Management which collected $28,888.

Speaking yesterday on the sidelines of the event, Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong said such events foster a close rapport between the community and the Fire and Rescue Department while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

He hailed efforts to ensure the success of the first-ever charity run for local firefighters, which was held at the Fire and Rescue Department headquarters in Berakas.

The minister said the event also provided a good platform for bridging relations between firefighters in the sultanate and those in neighbouring countries, especially Malaysia, with 11 firefighters from Johor, Sarawak and Sabah taking part.

A representative from the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, Mohd Ishak Amran, told _The Brunei Times _that this was their first visit to the sultanate.

“We’re also hoping (that our Brunei counterparts) will join us in our annual run on July 22 at Marina ParkCity in Miri,” said the firefighter from Bintulu, Sarawak, adding that registration for the run will be open until June 17.

Aaron Goh, founder of Heroes Event Management, said the funds collected will go to the Firefighter Welfare Fund as a way of ‘giving back’ to the firefighters for their countless heroic acts.

“Their job is highly respectable because it’s truly a tough and risky job. Not only do they deal with fire, they also face other dangerous scenarios in their rescue missions and spend a lot of time away from their families,” he said.

The run, he added, hoped to raise awareness on the important roles firefighters in Brunei take on and also educate the public on fire safety, as the event also featured a mini roadshow by the department.

The event was divided into three categories: a 10-kilometre male and female challenge and five-kilometre and three-kilometre fun runs.

Sefli Ahar, champion of the 10km challenge for the male category, said he completed the run in 34 minutes.

The Brunei Times