One of the worthwhile things I like working at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports is being involved in charity work. Everytime I get an invitation to attend either just as a guest or as the guest of honour, I look forward to the event. This one more so as the NGO is from my own village, PERBEKAL from Kampong Lambak and the charity to which the fund will be donated to is the one that I chair:
PERBEKAL collects $10k for various charity funds
This was disclosed during the launching ceremony of the "Save Gaza" Charity Expo posited by PERBEKAL at the open space of the Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah in Bandar Seri Begawan.
In his speech, the President of PERBEKAL and the chairperson of the charity expo, Pg Nordin Pg Hj Mahmud said that the funds collection is not solely for the 'Save Gaza' campaign, but also the Typhoon Bopha humanitarian fund and the fire victims of Kg Setia A.
"The international community has never remained silent. (There are) many efforts to repair and develop countries in need (and) also providing appropriate assistance. As residents of Brunei Darussalam, we should not remain silent. We should also provide assistance that we know we are able to do."
He continued, "With almost two months of preparations and planning this charity work, Alhamdulillah, this day has become a reality... As residents and citizens of Brunei who do not easily give up, especially with patience. It is by Allah SWT's virtue that we will always find a solution through any difficulties that is faced."
The launching of the charity expo began with a recitation of the Surah Al-Fatihah and a speech by the President of PERBEKAL.
This was followed by a presentation of the donations from Pg Nordin to the guest of honour of the event, the Permanent Secretary at The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Hj Mohd Rozan Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos.
Following the donation presentation, the guest of honour proceeded to take a tour of the stalls participating in the charity expo.
The charity expo is one of the activities that PERBEKAL is conducting to raise funds for various humanitarian funds.
More than 50 booths will be opened from 10am to 10pm for two weeks starting February 21 to March 5.
PERBEKAL and the Concerned Citizens and Residents Group (KRP2) will be organising more events such as a garage sale, the 'Gazathon' run which will take place on March 10th at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium and the Mega Expo Charity Sale that will be held at the parking lot of the Indoor Stadium from March 24 to April 2 and April 24 to April 30.
-- News Courtesy of The Brunei Times, Photos Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin --