Pusat Bahagia’s handmade Raya cards still available

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SPECIALLY crafted 3D Hari Raya Aidil Fitri cards made special needs students from Pusat Bahagia are still available for purchase.

The cards come in three designs: lace, ketupat and mosque. The centre produced 2,000 cards this year, the same amount as last year.

One thousand cards were produced with the mosque design while 500 cards each were produced with the lace and ketupat designs.

As of yesterday, 445 cards with the lace design, 446 cards with the ketupat design and 793 cards with the mosque design were still available. The cards are priced at $1.50 each.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, one of Pusat Bahagia’s trainers, Nurul Jannah Alias, said the centre began selling the cards early this week. It took the students more than a month to make them.

With greeting cards not as popular as they used to be, the centre ensures that the designs of its cards are trendy enough to attract customers.

The initiative started in 2009, and since then, the centre has produced Hari Raya greeting cards annually. The cards sell out every year.

“Our customers are mostly members of the public, including a deputy minister, and private companies,” said Nurul Jannah, adding that some of them are loyal customers and will call or email them every year to ask about the cards. Some will also come to the centre directly to purchase them.

Sales from the cards will be used to fund the students’ activities at Pusat Bahagia.

The cards are available for purchase at Pusat Bahagia Brunei-Muara. Those interested can also call the centre at 233 0315.

Pusat Bahagia, which is under the Department of Community Development of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, was established in 1975.

Its main objective is to provide assistance and support to people with special needs. It has branches in all four districts of the country.

The Brunei Times