Donations bring cheer to 15 orphans

Izah Azahari

Fifteen orphans from the Brunei-Muara District received donations in hopes of elevating their burden in purchasing school supplies for the upcoming school season at ‘Food Fest 2020’ organised by AIZ Management with the support from the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT), held in conjunction with the Brunei December Festival 2020.

The event was officially launched by guest of honour Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the MPRT Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali on Tuesday.

The Food Fest is open to the public until January 3 at the Open Arena Ground Floor of The Airport Mall.

Visitors can enjoy the Candyland Theme and shop from a wide variety of local food, souvenirs, services, and dine at the open area from 10am to 10pm.

The event aims to provide opportunities for local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to be active in the food and beverage and tourism industry.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism Wardi bin Haji Mohammad Ali presents a donation. PHOTO: IZAH AZAHARI

The event acts as a benchmark to conduct domestic tourism as an annual activity.

It is also hoped that MSMEs gain confidence, grow from pop-ups into brick and mortar, expand their business branding and presence alongside encouraging youth to nurture professional skills and reduce poverty in the nation.

It is also an avenue for tourists to see Brunei Darussalam’s culture and diversity, at the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan itself – adding value to the country’s tourism industry and economy.

Visitors can expect several fun-filled activities including local exhibitions on reptiles showcase, kites and spinning top competitions, children’s activities, Beyblade Tournament and mini trains among others.

Visitors are encouraged to bring reusables such as non-disposable straws, shopping bags, containers, cutleries, bottles to reduce the use of plastics and keep the environment clean.