BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Sunday, April 24, 2011
A HUMANITARIAN charity expo, carnival and charity walk are set to take place at the car park located at the National Indoor Stadium on May 2 to 8, to mark Red Crescent Society's National Day 2011.
Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society's Commandant Safinah Hj Othman said the expo and carnival will take place from May 2 to 8, starting from 9.30am to 10.30pm, while the charity walk will be held on May 8 at 7am at the Hassanal Bolkiah Sports Complex.
"This is the first charity bazaar we have done in so many years. The funds will go to our association, Centre for Children with Special Needs (Kaca), Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind (BDNAB) and orphans," she told The Brunei Times on the sidelines of a press conference held at the Youth Centre yesterday.
She explained that the charity bazaar was about the society getting along with the community, as they have been "quiet for some time".
"A lot of people will be involved, including local artists and vendors who will be selling food and other items," she said.
Safinah called on more vendors to come and participate in their bazaar, saying it was a way for them to contribute to the association and to other charities.
Mohd Amirulrizal Makmun, another commandant of the society said, "This charity is for us to raise funds because we need new equipment and medical supplies for us to give to society. We also want to expose our society to Bruneians, and let them know we are not just about providing medical cover, but we are doing humanitarian works such as providing aid for needy people."
A press statement said the expo and carnival will comprise five segments: an expo, bazaar, exhibition, games and entertainment.
Some 500 participants are expected to take part in the walkathon. The public, sponsors, students, the Youth Association and Non-Government Organisations as well as members of the Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society at four districts are invited to join, the statement added.
The walkathon will be divided into four categories, where the VIPs and invited guests and male participants will run 4km, while female and special needs individuals will run 3km. To date, the society has 1,500 members.
The Brunei Times