Bridging the gap with donation of basic necessities

Lyna Mohamad

Five patients at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital registered under the hospital’s Assistance and Welfare Unit received basic necessities as part of the Bridging the Gap programme initiated by Teachmeguru and Youth Transformation Community Club (KKBT).

The programme was also supported by the Royal Brunei Armed Forces through Royal Brunei Malay Reserve Regiment (AMSDB) and Brunei Cadet Force.

AMSDB Commanding Officer 444 Lieutenant Colonel Mohamad Suradzin bin Haji Mohd Yusof said the programme is a continuation of its community outreach activities under the 28th Executive Development Programme for Senior Government Officers (EDPSGO) held at Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB).

“Bridging the Gap’s initial plan was to choose patients under the care of social workers, and we collaborated with social workers from Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Belait that identified three patients. The aim is to help these patients in terms of basic necessities and medical supply needs for six months,” he said.

He added that “Teachmeguru has taken the initiative to carry out similar programmes”.

The group with one of the recipients. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD

The delegation first donated to Rozikarmila binti Haji Tawhat in Kampong Perpindahan Lambak Kanan, before heading to Norazlina binti Haji Kamar’s house in Kampong Perpindahan Mentiri.

They then visited Md Alif Haikal bin Haji Samsul who lives in Kampong Setia ‘A’, before moving on to the fourth patient, Md Hardi Hassan/Jamaluddin in Kampong Bolkiah ‘A’.

The group concluded the event at the residence of Khazriana binti Pungut in Kampong Masin.

The AMSDB Commanding Officer said the programme is in line with the vision of creating youth that are aware of the importance of reaching out to the needy under the assistance of organisations such as the Community Development Department (JAPEM), Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) or other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

“This initiative shows that such programmes can be carried out by any individual or parties. It is a platform for communities to do charity work, especially among the youth,” he added.