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Preparing the needy for the festive season

Ministry of Defence

Adib Noor

The Ministry of Defence (MinDef) yesterday presented donations to 74 orphans, comprising 35 males and 39 females from families of officers and staff of the ministry and 18 aid recipients, in a charity event at Surau Ad Difa’, Bolkiah Garrison.

Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof presented the donations.

Acting permanent secretary and deputy permanent secretaries as well as officers and staff of the ministry also attended.

The event began with the recitation of Zikir, Surah Yaasiin and Tahlil, led by Imam of Surau Ad-Difa’ Khairol Azmi bin Haji Salleh.

The annual Ramadhan event aimed to ease the burden of the underprivileged ahead of Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.

Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof presents a donation to an orphan. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

Brunei Methanol Company Sdn Bhd

Daniel Lim

The Brunei Methanol Company Sdn Bhd (BMC) yesterday contributed BND5,895 to the Belait District Orphans Fund at the Belait District Office, to aid orphans ahead of Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.

Acting Belait District Officer Mohamad Yassin bin Haji Ahmed received the donations on behalf from BMC Corporate Affairs Manager Saifulillah bin Haji Ahmid.

The Belait District Orphans Fund committee expressed gratitude for the contributions, and said those wishing to contribute to the fund can visit the Belait District Office during office hours.

Brunei Methanol Company Corporate Affairs Manager Saifulillah bin Haji Ahmid hands over the donation to Acting Belait District Officer Mohamad Yassin bin Haji Ahmed. PHOTO: BELAIT DISTRICT OFFICE

Chinese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam

James Kon

Chargé d’ Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Wang Haitao visited Pai Yuek School in Temburong District to present donations to 20 underprivileged students last Saturday.

The delegation was welcomed by the school’s Chairman of the Board Koh Han Yong, former chairman Ang Ping Hui and principal Thong Kawang Soon as well as board members, teachers, and students.

“Mutual respect, good neighbourliness and friendliness, helping those in need in times of difficulties, generosity and charity are traditional virtues of the Chinese people. I am delighted to extend the care and good wishes to the students during Ramadhan on behalf of the Chinese Embassy,” the envoy said.

The gifts comprised daily necessities such as rice and cooking oil, as well as other items such as a t-shirt and a pin commemorating the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Brunei, magnet of the Brunei Primary School Students’ Painting Competition organised by the embassy, and a cap of China-Brunei Year of Tourism.

Wang expressed hope that the students and their families could feel the warmth, good wishes and friendship from China, and that the students would actively participate in future cultural activities organised by the embassy and grow up to be messengers of bilateral ties.

Since its establishment in 1950 and despite difficulties, such as geographical remoteness, inconvenient transportation and smaller number of students, Wang said Pai Yuek School has always adhered to the traditions of a Chinese school – teaching Chinese language, offering calligraphy courses, and advancing Chinese education, especially in promoting close relations among ethnic groups.

“The Chinese Embassy has always been concerned with the development of Chinese schools and Chinese education in Brunei, and actively rendered support in this regard. Pai Yuek School has the highest percentage of Malay students among the eight Chinese schools in the Sultanate. Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Darussal-am Yu Hong visited the schools a number of times, including Pai Yuek School, Temburong District, to donate cash, computers, books, as well as actively provide assistance in securing Chinese learning materials.

“The embassy will continue to firmly support the development of Chinese education in Brunei and hopes that the teachers, students and parents of Pai Yuek School will learn more about China, care and support the cooperation between China and Brunei, and become the inheritor and promoter of China-Brunei friendship,” said the envoy.

Chargé d’ Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Wang Haitao with Pai Yuek School’s board members and students. PHOTO: CHINESE EMBASSY IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre

Lyna Mohamad

Sixty volunteers, comprising senior management, heads of departments, healthcare professionals and staff of the Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC), participated in a Ramadhan donation drive, jointly organised by PJSC Ibadah Friendly Hospital Committee and Medical Social Work Department last Sunday.

Corporate contributors Menara EE Sdn Bhd and TLT Enterprise, who contributed to the donations, also participated.

The donation drive saw 23 patients under the Medical Social Work Department receive the donations as part of PJSC’s annual corporate social responsibility programme to provide patients and their families with basic necessities for the holy month of Ramadhan and in preparation for the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations.

The event was also aimed at strengthening bonds among the healthcare professionals and patients, in line with PJSC’s mission and ‘We Care’ core values.

The volunteers split into four groups to distribute the donations across the country.

PJSC Executive Director Dr Haji Mazrul Adimin bin Haji Besar led Group A to Kampong Katok ‘B’, Kampong Rimba, Kampong Lambak Kanan, Kampong Salambigar, Kampong Bunut Kanan and Kampong Jerudong to distribute donations to six Brunei Neuroscience Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) patients and one The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC) patient in Brunei-Muara District.

Meanwhile, Acting Chief Operating Officer Bun Pei Long, Salbiah binti Haji Daud and Koh Paw Long led Group B to distribute donations to four BNSRC and one Maxillofacial, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Centre (MFPRSC) patient residing in Kampong Mulaut, Kampong Pekan Lama, Kampong Sungai Kebun, Kampong Bolkiah ‘A’ and Kampong Serdang in Brunei-Muara District, and Kampong Selapon in Temburong District.

Head of Early Detection and Cancer Prevention Services (EDCPS) Datin Dr Hajah Noraslinah binti Haji Ramlee, and Dr Raden Mas Jeffri bin Raden Mas Ismail led Group C to Tutong District to distribute donations to two BNSRC and four TBCC patients residing in Kampong Bakiau, Kampong Lubok Pulau and Kampong Bukit Beruang, while PJSC Hospital Administrator Vivien Tie Suk Kee and Head of Rehabilitation Department Dr Abang Muhammad Fahmy bin Abang Haji Hepnie of Group D distributed donations to two BNSRC, three TBCC and one MFPRSC patients residing in Kampong Mumong, Kampong Panaga, Kampong Perpindahan Setia, Kampong Lorong 3 Selatan Setia and Kampong Lumut in Belait District.

Volunteers hand over a contribution to a patient. PHOTO: PANTAI JERUDONG SPECIALIST CENTRE

Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd

Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd (Hengyi) last Wednesday held a two-day Ramadhan Donation Drive for 12 orphans and eight families in need.

A total of BND7,600 and protective equipment, such as face masks, hand sanitisers and antigen rapid test (ART) kits, were distributed.

The campaign was part of Hengyi’s corporate social responsibility initiative to provide aid and lessen the burden of orphans and selected families residing in Pekan Muara and Kampong Serasa during the month of Ramadhan and ahead of Hari Raya celebrations.

Launched in 2015, the campaign is Hengyi’s continuous initiative to reach out to the less fortunate and instil the spirit of giving among its staff.

A Hengyi representative handing over the donation to a recipient. PHOTO: HENGYI

Datastream Digital Sdn Bhd

Datastream Digital Sdn Bhd (DST), under the annual Ihsan Kasih charity programme, aims to distribute basic necessities and healthcare packs to 100 underprivileged families across the country through the Ihsan Kasih Ramadhan Charity Drive during this holy month of Ramadhan.

Unlike previous years, the network provider has enlisted 22 registered runners, in support of their small delivery services, to work together with DST volunteers to deliver the donations.

The journey began in the second week of Ramadhan to families in Brunei-Muara District, followed by a trip to Kuala Belait earlier this week, joined by DST Chief Executive Officer Radin Sufri bin Radin Basiuni.

The charity drive will continue until the end of Ramadhan, which will see volunteers distribute donations to families in Tutong and Temburong districts.

DST also aims to support local vendors at Tamu Kianggeh by working together with them in providing locally-produced traditional favourites such as kuih cincin, kuih sapit and kuripit sagu.

Volunteers delivering donations to the needy. PHOTO: DST

Baiduri Bank

In the second event of the ‘Let’s Give Back This Ramadhan’ series, Baiduri Bank’s volunteers organised a shopping excursion for 10 underprivileged families in Tutong District yesterday, purchasing household items and basic necessities for the families as their ‘personal shoppers’ at Hua Ho, Petani Mall, Tutong District.

The initiative aimed to bring festive cheer to underprivileged families across the country by taking them shopping in preparation for Hari Raya celebrations. The families in Tutong District were identified through non-profit organisation The Impian Project.

In previous years, the bank would organise a shopping activity for selected families and end the event with breaking of the fast together.

Due to current restrictions, and for the safety and comfort of the families, the bank’s volunteers acted as ‘personal shoppers’ and helped purchase items on behalf of the families.

Similar to last year, this year’s initiative was organised through ‘Baiduri Cares’, an internal programme where employees of the bank and its subsidiaries are encouraged to invest their time, skills and efforts to give back to the community and make a positive impact on society by being directly involved in various volunteering activities.

Baiduri Bank Chief Executive Officer Ti Eng Hui and staff during the shopping excursion. PHOTO: BAIDURI BANK

Present to shop with the volunteers was Baiduri Bank Chief Executive Officer Ti Eng Hui, who said that initiatives such as ‘Let’s Give Back This Ramadhan’, provides an avenue for the bank’s volunteers to be directly involved in making an impact on the local community, while building lasting partnerships with local businesses and non-profit organisations.

“In the spirit of co-creation, we have partnered with The Impian Project to identify the families in need, and restaurants to provide packed meals for them to break their fast with. We have also engaged Dart Logistics to help deliver the items to their homes. While we are not able to meet them personally, we hope that our humble contribution will give them some peace of mind and joy as they prepare for the upcoming Hari Raya festivities,” he said.

Baiduri Bank Head of Corporate Banking Leonard Lee, Head of Group Risk Jonathan Lim and Head of Group Strategic Marketing and Communications Department Ng Yick Wei were also present.

This year’s initiative will conclude with families in Kuala Belait today.

Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd

Daniel Lim

The Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd (Brunei LNG) last Wednesday conducted a two-day drive-through donation at their main office in Lumut for 176 orphans, as part of the company’s social investment strategy to extend a helping hand to members of the community in need.

Brunei LNG Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Hajah Farida binti Dato Seri Paduka Haji Talib handed over the donations comprising cash, healthcare packages, rice and goodie bags for children, together with representatives of the Brunei LNG leadership team, in the presence of Kampong Lumut II Village Head Haji Khairdon bin Haji Dahlan.

The event is one of the annual activities held by Brunei LNG during Ramadhan, led by President of Muslim Employees Body (BPPI) of Brunei LNG Md Hassanal Adilah bin Md Junaidi, in collaboration with the BLNGolden Hearts Project Kindness Volunteers comprising Brunei LNG employees.

Brunei LNG Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Hajah Farida binti Dato Seri Paduka Haji Talib with a recipient. PHOTO: BRUNEI LNG

Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd

Lyna Mohamad

Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd (BGC) continued its Amali Project social investment initiative with a donation drive-through for 12 orphans at its headquarters in Kampong Jerudong.

BGC Managing Director Pengiran Shamhary bin Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Mustapha led the event, accompanied by Kampong Jerudong ‘A’ Acting Village Head Haji Kharul Azmi bin Haji Lakat and BGC management team.

BGC, through its Amali Project, presented donations in the form of eidiya, collected through its internal donation drive among its staff.

“BGC is grateful to be able to continue carrying out its annual charitable deeds under Amali Project, and working closely with the village consultative councils of Mukim Labi and Mukim Jerudong to carry out its donation drives and cemetery cleaning campaigns in the past few weeks,” said the BGC managing director, adding that the company will continue its efforts to improve the communities’ welfare and development.

Brunei Gas Carriers Managing Director Pengiran Shamhary bin Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Mustapha at the donation drive-through. PHOTO: BGC