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    Working for a good cause

    The Baiduri Bank Group held a blood donation drive in collaboration with Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Blood Bank yesterday at the Baiduri Bank Headquarters.

    Over 100 people comprising Baiduri Bank Group’s employees and the public donated blood.

    The initiative, aimed to help replenish blood supplies at RIPAS Hospital Blood Bank, is an annual event organised since 2009 as part of the group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.

    Apprentices from the Baiduri Bank Graduate Apprenticeship Programme (GAP) organised and managed the event. Event co-leads Amal Nisyyah Haji Abdul Mulok and Siti Nur Nabilah Aqilah Rahim credited strong communication and a positive attitude as important factors to the blood donation drive’s success.

    Amal Nissyah said, “Leadership plays a crucial role in project management, but I realise it’s not just about planning and executing, it’s also about maintaining constant and clear communication with your team and stakeholders.

    “We’ve had to make many adjustments and evaluations during the course of running this event, and while it affected our workflow, we learnt to think on our feet and always be prepared for unexpected outcomes.”

    ABOVE & BELOW: Baiduri Bank Group employees donate blood. PHOTOS: BAIDURI BANK

    While donating blood can help save lives, it, it is also linked to health benefits. Donating blood can be another way to keep an eye on cardiovascular health, as donors will receive a short physical prior to the blood draw where blood pressure, body temperature and heamoglobin are checked.

    There are also the psychological benefit of knowing that it is helping others in desperate need.

    Head of Group Human Resources and Administration Veronica Chong said, “We received tremendous support from our employees and members of the public who came together for a good cause. There is a constant need for blood in our hospitals and activities like these are important to help maintain an adequate supply at the national blood bank.

    Meanwhile, CEO of Baiduri Bank Ti Eng Hui commented on how GAP is a strong testament to Baiduri Bank’s commitment to assist recent graduates by helping them to develop employability skills and a learning mindset. This is also in support of Goal 1 of the Brunei Vision 2035, reflecting the national aspiration to be widely recognised for an educated, highly skilled and accomplished workforce.

    He said, “GAP offers a unique opportunity for our recent graduates to gain valuable working experience and give them a firmer foothold in the job market.

    “Through exposing them to a real-world working environment and helping them build transferable soft skills, we hope that GAP will play a role in creating an adaptable and skilled workforce that’s ready to take on any challenge.”

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