Over 8000 items collected for charity

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MORE than 8,000 grocery items have been collected from members of the public within two days by youth group under the Ash-Shaliheen Mosque.

The charity project dubbed ‘Indahnya Bebagi’ received a warm response from the member of the public since it started to receive donation on June 20-21 at the Ash-Shaliheen Mosque.

The person-in-charge of the project, Md Haziq Isyam Md Zaki said that within two days, they received more than 1,200 bags of rice and 7,000 basic necessities such as cooking oil, bags of sugar and canned drinks for Raya from members of the public. The items were packed into hundreds of goody bags by members of the youth group as well as volunteers.

 As of yesterday, more than 300 families enlisted under the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) received the donations.

“Initially we wanted to hand over the collection after a few days of running the programme. We received too much and decided to distribute them straight away to some poor families on our list,” he said adding that on June 21, they managed to distribute the donation to more than 200 houses.

“Initially we were targeting about 30-50 poor families, however, a lot of people came forward to donate which resulted in us getting more people in need from the list from MUIB,” he said.

He went on to say that around 100 volunteers are taking part in the project. “The volunteers comprise of youth and students from Higher Education Institutions, Non-Government Organisation and youth groups from other mosques,” he said.

The project began in Ramadhan 2015 with aim of lending a helping hand to poor and destitute families.

 Haziq also said that the donation was aimed at easing the burden of the families in the preparations for the Hari Raya celebration, which is just around the corner.

“We also wanted to make this project as a way to increase awareness among the members of the public on the importance of helping others as well as to give an opportunity to everyone to donate,” he said.

 “We hoped this project will receive more response from people nationwide, it’s an alternative way we can assist our country in helping poor and destitute people,” he added.

 The Brunei Times