The guest of honour, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi (C) striking the gong to officiaite the Humanitarian Charity Expo and Carnival 2011 organised by the Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Association.
The Deputy Minister of Home Affairs greeting some members of the Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Association.
The Deputy Minister viewing some of the motorbikes on display at the Humanitarian Charity Expo and Carnival 2011.
The Deputy Minister cutting the ribbon for the Nusantera Expo that takes place alongside the charity expo.
The Deputy Minister tasting Dragonfruit juice that is available at the charity expo brought by a juice vendor from Malaysia
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Present to officiate the launch was Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.
Also present during the launch was Datin Hjh Siti Hajar binti Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Md Yussof, President of PBSMNBD together with top officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Red Crescent members.
Carrying the theme, 'The Chain of Humanity', the weeklong expo and carnival promises to be a one-stop shopping avenue and entertainment, and at the same time being courteous to victims of humanitarian crisis.
According to the Acting Director of PBSMNBD, Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Ibrahim, the event is based on four main issues: Nation Building and Patriotism, Fund Raising Activities, Capacity Building and Entertainment.
He added that for the convenience of visitors, the layout of the event is divided into five main segments namely, Sales Expo, Bazaar Sales, Exhibition, Games and Entertainment.
Among the objectives of the event is to encourage members of PBSMNBD, including youths, to be involved in humanitarian and charitable causes in the Sultanate. The event is also hoped to raise funds for the victims of recent disasters in the region.
One of the highlights of the event is the Humanitarian Charity Walk 2011 that will be held this Friday, May 8, which is still open for registration.
The Charity Walk is divided into four categories - VIP/Guests, Male, Female and Special Needs. VIP/Guests and Male participants will walk four kilometres whereas Female and Special Needs will walk three kilometres.
Some 500 participants are scheduled to join the walkathon, consisting of individuals from PBSM in all four districts, youth associations and NGOs, students, sponsors and members of the public.
Scheduled to lead the participants on the walkathon is the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah.
The handing over ceremony of all the monies raised during the weeklong event will be held at a later date.
The Humanitarian Charity Expo and Carnival 2011 will run until May 8, from 9.30am to 10.30pm daily.
Borneo Bulletin Online - Tuesday, 03 May 2011.