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More than a camp

At the core of Brunei’s dedication to compassion and community well-being stands the Children’s Cancer Foundation (YASKA), a symbol of hope for children in the throes of cancer and their families.

Envisioned with a commitment to alleviating the challenges faced by young cancer fighters, YASKA evolved into a pillar of support, and beyond the realm of medical aid, the organisation embraces a comprehensive approach to care, nurturing not only the physical health of its beneficiaries but also their emotional well-being and fostering vital community connections.

With its origins entrenched in Brunei’s philanthropic ethos, YASKA has become a force propelling the pursuit of a more promising future for young cancer patients and their families.

The institution serves as evidence of the profound influence that authentic compassion and steadfast community backing can wield in the quest for recovery and resilience.

In Brunei, private companies actively unite with YASKA in a powerful demonstration of corporate social responsibility (CSR). The companies, recognising the critical role YASKA plays in supporting children battling cancer and their families, willingly contribute their resources and expertise to the cause.

Whether through financial contributions, in-kind donations, or collaborative initiatives, these private entities become integral partners in YASKA’s mission.

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show participants in various activities during the camp. PHOTO: AIA BRUNEI
PHOTO: AIA BRUNEI
PHOTO: AIA BRUNEI
PHOTO: AIA BRUNEI
PHOTO: AIA BRUNEI
PHOTO: AIA BRUNEI

EMPOWERING LIVES

In a heart-warming collaboration that spans three consecutive years, YASKA hosted their 10th year Childhood Cancer Survivor Camp, sponsored by AIA Brunei, in the picturesque Temburong District that accommodated 73 participants, including cancer survivors, caretakers, and staff of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital.

Notably, four cancer survivors from Sarawak and the Philippines joined the camp for the first time, adding an international dimension to the impactful event. Representatives from AIA Brunei also actively participated on the second day, engaging in activities that create lasting memories.

AIA Brunei and YASKA concluded the transformative three-day, two-night camp held from December 1 to 3, marking a significant milestone in their dedicated partnership.

Set against the backdrop of Teratak Mumin Family Foundation (MFF) and Outward Bound Brunei Darussalam, the annual camp evolved into a beacon of hope, offering children and cancer survivors a unique journey filled with cultural immersion, team-building activities, and boundless opportunities for personal growth.

Teambuilding activities, including the exhilarating flying fox, a captivating talent show, and heart-warming pet shows, were spread across the three days and two nights.

A DIVERSE GATHERING OF HEARTS

This year’s camp unfolded with a burst of creativity and inclusivity, extending its warm embrace to cancer survivors and their companions not only from Brunei but also from the Philippines and Sarawak.

The diverse amalgamation added vibrant hues to the experience, crafting an environment ripe for shared learning, understanding, and camaraderie within the venue that resonates tranquillity and inspiration, serving as the canvas for an unforgettable adventure.

The journey kicked off with a mesmerising Lun Bawang cultural show, treating participants to an immersion into the local heritage. The cultural exchange continued with teambuilding exercises, featuring thrilling activities like flying fox and wall climbing. The challenges were designed not just to elevate spirits but also to forge unbreakable bonds among the participants.

MORE THAN A CAMP

As the sun dipped below the horizon, the camp morphed into a lively haven, with night activities illuminating the talents and unwavering resilience of the young survivors, which glittered with joy and determination, creating an atmosphere where each moment became a sparkling gem in the mix of their collective experience. Beyond the adrenaline-pumping activities, the camp serves a higher purpose – to be a sanctuary for cancer survivors. It provides a space for them to unwind, connect with others who share similar life experiences, and find solace in a community of support.

AIA Brunei’s commitment to CSR shines through, aligning with their broader mission of promoting healthy living and empowering individuals to lead healthier, longer, and better lives.

For AIA Brunei, the annual tradition is more than a philanthropic endeavour; it’s a tribute to their enduring dedication to community engagement.

The camp stands as a powerful vehicle for raising awareness about childhood cancer, not only among the participants but also within the broader community.

Through initiatives like these, AIA Brunei is actively contributing to shaping a brighter future filled with hope, resilience, and a deep sense of community. – Izah Azahari

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