Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohamad yesterday morning mingled with persons with different abilities (OKU) and joined the ‘Inclusive Fun Fest’ to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD).
The event at Bandarku Ceria, Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien, Bandar Seri Begawan was organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) through the Community Development Department (JAPEM) in collaboration with The Impian Project, La Vida, Paraplegic and Physically Disabled Association (PAPDA) as well as the Special Olympics Brunei Darussalam (SOBD) under the Council for the Welfare of Persons with Different Abilities (MKOKU).
The event began with an aerobics session by Aman Optimum Fitness and continued with the opening event of Inclusive Fun Fest by Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Nazmi, followed by a ‘Fun Walk’ around Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien and a visit to adaptive sports and awareness activities run by PAPDA, SOBD, La Vida, The Impian Project and International School Brunei (ISB).
The event was held in line with this year’s theme ‘Transformative Solutions for Inclusive Development: The Role of Innovation in Fuelling an Accessible and Equitable World’, which prioritises inclusive development towards improving the development and well-being of OKU.
Also present were permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretary and senior government officers from the MCYS.
The Ambassador of the United States to Brunei Darussalam, the High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei Darussalam, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, representatives of other government agencies, MKOKU and associations under it as well as representatives from La Vida, The Impian Project as well as ISB also attended.
The event aimed to strengthen the relationship between OKU and the community to create a positive atmosphere and reduce stress by engaging in leisure activities.