Tutong association offers free clothes to the needy

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MORE than 1,000 items of clothing have been donated to the Tutong Converts Association (PESATU) and given to around 100 single mothers, orphans and new converts in the district.

The project, the first of its kind for the association, was the brainchild of the group’s secretary-general, Hjh Rohaidah Anizah Muhd Kamsani. The public began donating clothing on June 8 and it was supposed to only last until the end of the month, but due to the overwhelming response, PESATU decided to extend it.

Alhamdulillah, we received a lot of clothing. The idea for this project came early in the month of Ramadhan, where we actually only planned to do this on a small scale. The plan was to collect some clothing and donate it to several people. I didn’t expect that we would receive more than 1,000 pieces of clothing. We’re very grateful to the donors,” she said.

The clothing is being stored at the PESATU Centre in Kg Tanjong Maya.

Around 100 single mothers, orphans and new converts from Tutong district came to the centre to choose from the clothes.

“We don’t open the centre every day. But when we do, I will inform them (the recipients) via social media and by word of mouth. We haven’t set a limit on how many pieces of clothing they can take. But we don’t have much children’s clothes,” she said.

Hjh Rohaidah Anizah said they have around 400 items of clothing left. Members of the public who wish to donate can get more information on the association’s Facebook page Pesatu Tutong.

“Due to the overwhelming response from donors, I will continue to collect donations, and the clothing will be given to those in need. This coming Tuesday, PESATU together with the Royal Brunei Police Force from the Tutong branch will also be presenting a donation to a new convert family in Kuala Tutong,” she added.

PESATU has more than 200 registered members from Tutong. It was established in 1982 to unite new converts in the district. It officially registered with the Registrar of Societies in March 1983.

The non-governmental organisation encourages new converts to learn more about Islam and uphold Islamic teachings. Members are also encouraged to develop the association to support old and new members.

The Brunei Times