SMS Brunei Prihatin initiative launched

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

DONATIONS to the National Orphans Fund can now be made via your smartphone with the launch yesterday of the SMS Brunei Prihatin initiative.

The SMS Brunei Prihatin is an annual project jointly undertaken by the Department of Community Development (JAPEM), Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB), DST and Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd.

It will run until July 29. JAPEM said those interested in donating can do so by texting YATIM (no space) and the amount to be donated – $1, $5, $10 or $20.

For instance, donors can type YATIM20 (for a $20 donation), and send the SMS to 38111 for DST and Progresif customers.

Present to launch the SMS initiative was Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Mejar General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Mohd Yussof.

Last year’s SMS Brunei Prihatin for the National Orphans Fund raised a total of $103,725.

In an interview, the minister said: “I think it is important, especially during Ramadhan for people from all walks of life in the community to contribute towards the welfare of orphans. We know in the past, we received an overwhelming response, and we hope this year will be even better than the years before.’’

He said there are currently over 5,000 orphans registered with JAPEM.

“This is a blessed month, so we will be rewarded if we do anything for those in need. So I urge the public to continue to contribute by donating towards this orphans’ fund,’’ he said.

The minister also called the public to spend time with orphans over sahur, and carry out more outreach and community projects.

The SMS Brunei Prihatin charity drive for the National Orphans Fund began in 2005.

Also in attendance at the ceremony were Permanent Secretaries of Culture, Youth and Sports Dato Paduka Dr Hj Affendy Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Awang Hj Abidin and Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Jalil; Deputy Permanent Secretary Hj Noor Jusmin Hj Abd Samad; JAPEM Acting Director Hjh Noridah Abdul Hamid and RTB Acting Director Pg Hj Mahari Pg Hj Abd Rajak.

DST General Manager of Group IT Services Amir Pehin Dato Pekerma Bijaya Col (Rtd) Dato Paduka Hj Hussin; member of Progresif Board of Directors Edzwan Zukri Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Adanan, other officials from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, as well as RTB and DST Progresif Cellular were present.

Meanwhile in separate event at the ministry, a group of spouses of cabinet ministers, deputy ministers, permanent secretaries and deputy permanent secretaries presented a donation of $5,360 towards the National Orphans Fund.

Present to hand over the fund received by the Culture, Youth and Sports minister was Datin Hjh Asmah Hj Abd Rahman, spouse of the minister of education.

The donation is aimed to assist orphans in their preparations for the upcoming Hari Raya.

The Brunei Times