Baiduri Bank Group yesterday held its annual blood drive in collaboration with Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Blood Donation Centre at the Baiduri Community Space at Baiduri Bank Headquarters.
Over 100 people, comprising Baiduri Bank Group employees and the public, came together to donate blood this year. The initiative aimed to help replenish the low blood supplies at the RIPAS Hospital Blood Donation Centre and is an annual event organised since 2009 as part of the group’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.
What sets this year’s event apart from previous ones is that apprentices from the Baiduri Bank Graduate Apprenticeship Programme (GAP) were given the responsibility to organise and manage the blood drive.
The apprentices, who began their six-month programme with the bank last April, led the event – from putting together a proposal to coordinating and working alongside RIPAS Hospital, with guidance from their mentors and colleagues.
GAP is a holistic learning and development programme aimed at providing recent graduates with knowledge, skill and experience that will increase their employability in the local job market. The programme is divided into two main parts – a classroom component and job rotations within Baiduri Bank.
Project lead Fatin Atiyah binti Haji Suharafadzil said she is looking forward to getting real-life experience in planning and implementing projects involving various partners, and to be given the opportunity to lead a meaningful initiative, such as a blood drive, was a rewarding experience.
“This is the first large-scale project that I was given the chance to lead, and I am very thankful for the guidance received from my colleagues, mentors and the other apprentices. Personally, it’s been such a rewarding and satisfying experience to be part of the organising team and also to help save lives through donating blood,” she said.
Also attending the event was Head of Group Human Resources and Administration Veronica Chong, who joined others in donating blood.
“Similar to previous years, we received tremendous support from our employees and members of the public who came together for a good cause. There is a constant need for blood at our hospitals, and activities like these are important to help maintain an adequate supply in the national blood bank.
“Our apprentices have also done an excellent job in successfully holding their first event. Getting first-hand experience of project management for initiatives such as this event is also one of the apprenticeship’s objectives and I hope this was a good learning opportunity for them to not only apply what they’ve studied and experienced, but also be a part of a meaningful initiative.”
Meanwhile, Baiduri Bank Chief Executive Officer Ti Eng Hui noted how GAP is a strong testament to Baiduri Bank’s commitment to assisting recent graduates by helping them to develop employability skills and a learning mindset. This is also in support of Goal I for Brunei Vision 2035, reflecting the national aspiration to be widely recognised for having an educated, highly-skilled and accomplished workforce.
He said, “GAP offers a unique opportunity for our recent graduates to gain valuable working experience and give them a firmer foothold in the job market. Through exposing them to a real-world working environment and helping them build transferable soft skills that they can apply in their future careers, we hope that GAP will play a role in creating an adaptable and skilled workforce that’s ready to take on any challenge in the future.”
To support the local community through the bank’s CSR initiatives, local vendors such as Leaves and Loaves, Olie’s Café, Energy Juice Bar and Seedbox.bn were also at the event to sell their products. Local companies Kim Teck Cheong Grandtops Sdn Bhd, Superfish Growers, Fuel’d Restaurant and Catering and The Coffee Bean Brunei sponsored the event.