| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
FOLLOWING the success of last year’s “Bike for Sight”, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) will be sending five representatives from Brunei to participate in the 560km “Ride for Sight” challenge from Kuantan, Malaysia, to Singapore which will take place on September 26-28.
The three-day bike challenge seeks to raise a total of US$200,000 for ‘Seeing is Believing’, SCB’s flagship global initiative, to tackle avoidable blindness and visual impairment.
The five include last year’s participants, Head of Corporate Strategic Initiatives, Pengiran Aki Ismasufian bin Pengiran Haji Ibrahim; Senior Relationship Manager of Corporate Institutional Banking, Edmund Teo, and Operations Assistant, Md Hamdillah bin Awg Husin.
They will be joined by the Relationship Support Officer for SME Banking, Melvin Tew Chen Hong, and Senior Priority Banking Relationship Manager, Junaidi Bahrum.
Pengiran Aki Ismasufian said, “We, SCB, have proven that we are up to the challenge.”
“As a team we’ve pledged to raise US$12,500 to the challenge’s overall target. I’m delighted to say that we’re on track with our fundraising drive thanks to the generous donations from friends, family and colleagues. We would like to encourage more people to donate to the ‘Seeing is Believing’ initiative,” he added.
The team held a short practice session on yesterday afternoon at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium. Special Education Unit Officer, Nor Alizulrainee Ali Yusop, who is visually impaired, joined the session in supporting their efforts.
The team are also auctioning the ‘Bike for Sight’ jersey to raise more funds for the ‘Seeing is Believing’ initiative. Interested parties can log onto SCB Brunei’s Facebook page for the auction on September 15-21.
Members of the public can show their support for the five Bruneians in their fundraising efforts by donating via the riders’ respective ‘Seeing is Believing’ websites, where all the funds raised by the riders will be matched by SCB.