PBSM NBD Slideshow

Isnin, 9 Mei 2011

Red Crescent seeks skilled members to support humanitarian activities

Sally Piri

Monday, May 9, 2011

Children participating in the colouring contest on the last day of the Humanitarian Charity Expo and Carnival to mark the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, which falls on May 8. Picture: BT/Sally Piri

THE Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society is seeking more skilled people from various backgrounds to support its humanitarian programmes.

Brunei Red Crescent Society Commandant Safinah Hj Othman said the non-governmental organisation wants to attract more members and volunteers, not only students, but also government and private employees.

On the last day of Humanitarian Charity Expo and Carnival which took place at the car park of the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex, she said that they need members who have different skills, such as in the construction and advertising sectors..

She said the Red Crescent Society needs to expand its members and volunteers in conducting humanitarian activities such as repairing houses, helping the poor, and carrying out charity bazaar events.

Volunteers in the Red Crescent Society, she added, will be accommodated in its Voluntary Aid Division (VAD), a non-uniform unit in the Society. "Volunteers can join VAD when any humanitarian project takes place," she said, adding that the volunteers are not required to be registered members of the organisation.

"We also hope that people will support us financially so we can continue to keep on giving to the community. Funds assistance is really hard to find right now, but we are trying all our efforts," she said.

The Brunei Red Crescent Society, which has over 1,000 members, has branches in all four of the Sultanate's districts.

Among other activities of the NGO are community work, visiting villages, conducting volunteer activities at hospitals, and house training courses.

The seven-day Humanitarian Charity Expo and Carnival and one-day Charity Walk, ,which took place yesterday marked the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, which falls on the same day.

The events were launched on May 2 by Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Halbi Hj Md Yussof.

Some 500 participants came to enliven the activities throughout the bazaar, said Safinah.

Themed "The Chain of Humanity", the events aimed to show that the association is actively serving the community.

The funds from the Charity Bazaar will be handed over to the Centre for Children with Special Needs (Kaca), Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind (BDNAB) and orphans.

Side activities at the bazaar included performances by local artistes, vendors selling food and goods, colouring contest for children, flying fox, modified car show, and a car sound system exhibition.

The Brunei Times -->Monday, May 09, 2011.

Tiada ulasan: