Greater awareness in sight

Rokiah Mahmud

The Ministry of Education (MoE), through the Special Education Unit (SEU), organised a charity drive at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien in the capital yesterday.

The drive was held in collaboration with the Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind (BDNAB), to mark World White Cane Day, which falls annually on October 15.

The fundraising event was also part of World Sight Day celebrations, while aiming to raise awareness on the importance of the use of white canes for individuals with visual impairment.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman was the guest of honour.

Deputy Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh also attended.

ABOVE & BELOW: Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman presents a certificate to a RBC representative; and the minister, blindfolded, participates in World White Cane Day. PHOTOS: ROKIAH MAHMUD

Photos show attendees participating in the World White Cane Day activities

Various activities and displays were set up for the drive, including a screening test booth by the Eye Clinic of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital.

The SEU and BDNAB also hosted an exhibition on the assistive devices and specialised equipment used by the visually-impaired and low-vision members of the community. Additionally, members of the public were given the opportunity to interact with SEU and BDNAB officials to discuss visual impairment in the country.

Certificates of appreciation were presented to event sponsors as a token of gratitude for their contributions and support.

Proceeds from the charity drive will be channelled to the Special Education Fund and the BDNAB.