Bringing festive cheer with meal packs

Rokiah Mahmud

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and Ramadhan, the Department of Youth and Sports (JBS) and the Community Development Department (JAPEM) of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports have joined forces on the One Meal One Love campaign to ease the burden of the underprivileged during Ramadhan as well as those who have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

One private company that has come forward to support the government initiative is McDonald’s Brunei of Makan Ceria Sdn Bhd, by teaming up with the Youth Community Transformation Club (KKBT), Youth Centre in the capital in the distribution of meal packs to the financially needy.

McDonald’s Brunei Marketing Manager Noor Hafilah binti Md Salleh shared her optimism with the Bulletin that once the project has gained momentum, it will attract more customers to contribute to the cause by opting for set meals, which the eatery has pledged to contribute equal number to the ‘One Meal One Love’ campaign.

She noted that during the first phase of the campaign, from May 4-10, some 1,060 meal packs were collected from their customers for petrol station attendants in the Brunei-Muara District and residents of the JAPEM’s Welfare Home Complex in Kampong Subok.

On May 18, meal packs were handed to workers at RPN Kampong Meragang and RPN Kampong Madang.

Members of the Youth Community Transformation Club (KKBT) carry meal packs from McDonald’s Brunei to be distributed to the underprivileged. PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI
A petrol station attendant receives a meal pack from a volunteer

The final phase will take place in the month of Syawal when Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri. The meal packs are aimed at bringing cheer and festivity to residents at the Welfare Home Complex in Kampong Subok.

In an interview with the KKBT, its General Secretary Sarina binti Yahaya said, “Since its inauguration in August 2017, the KKBT has participated in over 100 charity campaigns.

“Besides One Meal One Love, we have collaborated with McDonald’s Brunei on numerous other projects such as providing assistance to fire victims and schools.”

She hoped that the commitment shown by the KKBT will serve as an inspiration to other organisations to be more active in charity work.