Help bring a smile to someone’s face

Aqilah Rahman

Medical frontliners have been working tirelessly to treat and protect the people since Brunei Darussalam recorded its first case of COVID-19 in March.

As a show of support and appreciation, government agencies and private companies have been pouring contributions to health centres across the country.

Similarly, in the holy month of Ramadhan, Muslims throughout the country are looking for ways to involve themselves in charitable causes.

A number of initiatives have been set up to ensure individuals looking to give back to the community can do so easily:

COMMUNITY FOR COVID

A corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative fronted by Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), Community for Brunei is a virtual marketplace aimed at helping small businesses while highlighting social and charitable causes.

The online platform was established in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country and its effects on the economy and the healthcare system.

Integrated with BIBD digital payment gateway, it allows visitors of its website: communityforbrunei.com to view and purchase products from small businesses and freelancers to be sent to medical frontliners via GoMamam or Dart.

All purchases made on the website will go directly to the respective businesses and drivers, thus in addition to supporting medical frontliners in their fight against the coronavirus, the initiative also supports small businesses and freelancers during these challenging times.

SMS BRUNEI PRIHATIN

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), through its Community Development Department (JAPEM), recently launched the SMS Brunei Prihatin for Orphans Fund to collect donations for orphans from members of the public.

To make a donation, DST and Progresif customers simply send an SMS to 38111 with the text “YATIM” followed by the amount to be donated – BND1, BND5, BND10, BND15, BND20, BND50 or BND100.

For example, to make a BND20 donation, one simply texts “YATIM20” to 38111.

The Fund will continue to collect donations until July 31.

EHSAN RAMADHAN AND SPONSOR A BAJU RAYA

Big BWN Project is an organisation that has been actively supporting small businesses as well as the community.

The independent enterprise was established in 2015 with a focus on youth development and entrepreneurship by holding events and creating platforms of businesses to build their brands.

Its recent endeavour is Ehsan Ramadhan, a donation drive to gather food and other basic necessities for migrant workers in the country.

The initiative kicked off on April 24, and within two weeks, Big BWN Project had collected 680 food packs and 350 non-perishable items.

Founder Noorhafizah binti Haji Rashid has said the organisation receives 40-50 packs of meals on average every day.

Ehsan Ramadhan is running until the end of Ramadhan. For information on contact persons or drop-off points, visit its Instagram page at @bigbwnproject.

Meanwhile, with Hari Raya Aidilfitri festivities just around the corner, Big BWN Project has also launched Sponsor a Baju Raya to provide ready-made clothes for underprivileged adults and children.

Noorhafizah said members of the public have until May 19 to donate BND10 or more for these ready-made Baju Kurung or Cara Melayu.

“We will hold a giveway drive at the Kampong Bolkiah Community Development Centre at the end of Ramadhan, where the underprivileged can come and select items they wish to take home, free of charge,” she said.

To support any of the initiatives by BIG BWN Project, contact the organisation at 7110470.