British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Richard Lindsay hosted a reception at his residence recently in a show of appreciation for participants of the Brunei-UK Beach Run.
Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud and RBAF Service Commanders were the special guests.
Also present were runners from the RBAF and British Forces Brunei (BFB) who participated in the coastal run. This included RBAF Joint Force Commander Brigadier General (U) Dato Seri Pahlawan Mohd Sharif bin Dato Paduka Haji Ibrahim who ran large parts of the coastal route, and Commander of the British Forces Brunei Lieutenant Colonel David Pack.
The Director and personnel of the RBAF Performance Optimisation Centre were also acknowledged for their key support during the event.
The Beach Run raised BND13,700 from individual sponsors, and were channelled to two beneficiaries – Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei, and Plastic Oceans UK.
Richard Lindsay expressed gratitude for the support provided by the RBAF and BFB, without which the run would have been blocked by rivers and water, and first aid would not have been available, thus the safety of runners would not have been ensured. He was also thankful for the encouragement and companionship of all runners, describing it as a key motivator for his own ability to complete the feat of endurance.
Richard Lindsay congratulated the five runners who made it all the way from Kuala Belait to Muara: PW2 Md Norisman bin Ismail, Sjn Mastani bin Yussap, Sjn Mohd Azrol bin Haji Awg Aji, Sld Norliham bin Haji Hamidon and Sld Awangku Nordinie Ayasy bin Pengiran Ibrahim.
Certificates of appreciation were awarded to the RBAF, BFB and the runners.
The money raised will allow SMARTER Brunei to purchase essential equipment for the welfare and development of children with autism.
Richard Lindsay drew attention to plastic pollution on Brunei’s beaches by being the first person to ever run 130km of the Brunei coastline. He did this with the support of the RBAF and BFB. As part of the social media campaign, SMARTER Brunei and Plastic Oceans UK were showcased to raise awareness and funds for both charities.