Red Crescent Society calls for volunteers to step up

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

 

THE Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) is seeking for more volunteers to help spread awareness on natural disasters and management. 

Head of the National School Cadets at BDRCS, Mohd Rosdi Hj Ruslan said this yesterday at the sidelines of a goodwill visit bet-ween BDRCS and Universiti Sela-ngor’s Red Crescent Society held at the youth centre in the capital.

 Mohd Rosdi said BDRCS is in need of more volunteers and is urging more people of all age group to join them in spreading awareness on being first responders should there be a natural or man-made disaster.  “In Brunei, Alhamdulillah we are not exposed to disasters like those countries that are affected with tsunami and hurricanes but that does not mean we should not prepare ourselves and be equipped to deal with natural calamities,” he said. 

According to the BDRCS member, there are about 40 volunteers at BDRCS.  “We encourage more to join us and everybody is welcome,” he said.

He also noted that it is BDRCS aim to raise emergency awareness amongst Bruneians and to ensure everyone is prepared to deal with crisis should there be any disaster.

A group of 15 students and lecturers from Universiti Selangor’s Red Crescent Society paid a goodwill visit, where they were briefed about BDRCS background and initiatives.

The Malaysian delegation was headed by Universiti Selangor’s Red Crescent Society’s chairman, Mohd Nothman Mohamad Nor.

In his brief remarks, Mohd Nothman said he hopes that both parties can learn from each other and network during the visit, and at the same time understand BDRCS function.

 Meanwhile, Deputy President (International) at BDRCS, Haji Mohd Suhaimi bin Haji Ibrahim said the goodwill visit hopes to strengthen closer ties between BDRCS and Malaysia’s Universiti Selangor’s Red Crescent Society.

 “Brunei is a small country and Malaysia has more broad experience when it comes to managing disasters so we hope to learn from them in terms of their skills and expertise. So from here, we will see what we can collaborate in for the future,” he said.

 The delegation went on to visit the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) in the capital as well as Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA).

 The international students were briefed on available academic programmes and activities at KUPU SB and similarly the delegates also delivered a presentation on their programmes and activties.  The Malaysian delegates will conclude their three-day visit to the sultanate today.

The Brunei Times