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HER Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah attended the Covent Garden Soloist Orchestra Charity Concert held at the Art Centre of the Jerudong International School (JIS).
Organised by Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd and NBT (Brunei) Sdn Bhd, the musical extravaganza themed ‘Celebrating 25 years of Music that Moves Lives’ was held in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Toyota Classics, and featured pianist Pamela Tan-Nicholson and violinist Vasko Vassilev.
Hiroyuki Fukui, the Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation was among those present. Also attending were cabinet ministers, foreign ambassadors and high commissioners.
Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah in her speech congratulated NBT and Toyota Motor Asia Pacific for their tireless efforts in organising the event for the 20th time in Brunei Darussalam.
The event and charitable causes that it supports, clearly demonstrate society’s continued concern and compassion for those who are less fortunate and have special needs.
“Indeed, the willingness of our people to reach out to help others through this event has shown no signs of abating over the past two decades, and this bodes well for the continuity of this event and its altruistic goals,” said Her Royal Highness.
“Ensuring the welfare and well-being of the less fortunate has always been a top priority of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and His Majesty’s Government.”
She continued that the people in the Sultanate are “the most fortunate for the great benevolence shown by our beloved monarch towards society’s vulnerable groups”.
In this regard, Her Royal Highness believed that it is the duty of all members of the community to follow His Majesty’s noble example in helping others.
She was also pleased to note that members of the private sector have come forward to make significant contributions towards the charitable cause.
On another note, Her Royal Highness said that the Toyota Classics has helped instil a greater appreciation for classical music among the younger generation.
“This is evident from the increasing number of children and youth who have taken up music as an additional activity or subject in schools. As our younger generation takes their musical aspirations to a higher level, perhaps one day, we might even have our own world-class orchestra capable of showcasing the abilities of Brunei’s musicians and instrumentalists.”
Before the music event kicked off, Her Royal Highness presented mock cheques – from the proceeds of this year’s ticket sales, which totalled to $70,000 – to Dato Paduka Mohd Alimin bin Hj Abdul Wahab, Senior Trustee of Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam; Dato Paduka Awang Hj Abd Rahman bin Hj Mohiddin, Chief Executive Officer of Annur Harapan; and Datin Hjh Sahaidah binti Hj Awg Taib from the Brunei Breast Cancer Support Group.
Ninan Chacko, the Managing Director of NBT (Brunei) Sdn Bhd, took the opportunity to thank members of the public for the charitable contributions, which he believed, were made possible because of the community’s continuous support to NBT.