BDRCS donation drive on Sunday

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THE Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) will hold its third donation drive aimed to help those in need during emergency cases.

Held in conjunction with the International Day for Disaster Reduction which falls annually on October 13, Projek Ikhlas 3.0 will be held on Sunday (October 16) from 9am to 4pm at room 8 of the VVIP parking of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

Head of Volunteering and Humanitarian Aid of the BDRCS, Ustaz Isham Ismail said the project was aimed to collect donations in the form of food and basic necessities through the BDRC Food Aid Programme.

The donations will be distributed for emergencies such as natural disasters, fires, landslides and floods.

He said the BDRC Food Aid Programme is also a platform for members of the public to provide assistance.

Disaster reduction is one of the responsibilities of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) movement as a humanitarian organisation to help victims of disasters by providing basic necessities and items.

“This also includes involving and encouraging members of the public to provide assistance,” said Ustaz Isham.

It is important to organise donation drives as disasters can happen anytime and providing them with basic necessities can definitely help ease their burden, he said.

“We never know what might happen.

“Even a dollar or one cup of rice can help the victims.”

Ustaz Isham said the donation drive was relevant to the International Day for Disaster Reduction whereby this year’s United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) theme is Live To Tell: Raising Awareness, Reducing Mortality.”

He said the donation drive raises awareness among the community to become alert and vigilant in cases of disasters which can reduce the risks of death and destruction.

“With the awareness on disasters, particularly natural disasters, we can reduce its risks which may be due to urbanisation and various environmental issues that need to be addressed by the general public in order to protect the environment for the future.”

He said the BDRC are hoping to receive numerous donations as well as provide an opportunity for the community to participate in charity work and collect enough food and basic necessities for those in need.

The basic necessities needed include rice, sugar, cooking oil, dry food, canned food, instant noodles, mineral water, medicine (paracetamol, band aid and bandages) and canvases.

The Brunei Times