JIS student raises money for SMARTER EDGE Monkey Bar

Rokiah Mahmud

A ground-breaking ceremony was held to mark the start of the construction of the Monkey Bar Corner and refurbishment of facilities at the Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei Edge Centre in Kampong Mata-Mata, Gadong yesterday.

Members of the Diplomatic Corps, sponsors, contractors, guests and SMARTER Brunei officials attended.

SMARTER Brunei Acting President Pengiran Zamri bin Pengiran Haji Bujang thanked the sponsors for realising the Monkey Bar Corner.

“We cannot do this alone without the help of supporters like you. We are in constant need of support to sustain the operations of our centre which provides our children with autism a chance to grow and develop their unique abilities. We cannot leave them behind as we move forward,” he said.

Meanwhile, Shana Holmes, the 17-year-old Jerudong International School (JIS) student who initiated the fund-raising campaign, said she is excited that the Monkey Bar Corner is now becoming a reality.

She extended gratitude to the sponsors, as well as SMARTER Brunei for giving her a chance to give back to the community as well as for the support of all sponsors.

Shana Holmes carried out the fund-raiser campaign through Music Speaks to finance the acquisition and installation of the Monkey Bar.

“Now the children at this centre will not only be able to enjoy the facility, but it will also help to develop their motor skills, improve their coordination, strengthen their muscles and promote postural stability and stamina,” she noted.

SMARTER Brunei CEO Sharifah Adila Surya binti Malai Haji Abdullah and Shana Holmes of JIS during the ground-breaking for the Monkey Bar. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI