SCOT Charity Drive Across Country

UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) through its sustainable poverty organisation, the Student Community Outreach Team (SCOT), organised a charity drive to 20 homes of underprivileged families within the four weeks of Ramadhan.

Prior to the charity drive, SCOT had promoted the event to encourage the whole student body of UBD to contribute for the charity event by donating food or basic amenities, time and volunteering efforts to make the event a success. They also donated solar lights by One Million Lights for houses that have no electricity.

The Charity Drive which was conducted on a weekly basis where it saw five houses being visited by SCOT volunteers per week.

More than 30 student volunteers took part in the charity event which covers as far as the rural areas of the Tutong District.

The event serves as an eye opener for ‘first timers’ who were not exposed to the existence of the less fortunate and at the same time to show that UBD is aware and concerned about the existence of poverty.

Among the many houses that SCOT volunteers visited, the first house they visited that caught their attention belonged to Mohd Diri Abdullah at Long Mayan, Tutong. The family of six has no electricity nor a proper toilet. SCOT donated the family basic necessities donated from their friends and families, and also a solar bulb donated by One Million Lights.

Another family that was visited by SCOT volunteers was Rosnah Duraman’s who lives in Kampong Menengah, Lamunin.

According to SCOT, Rosnah is a single mother taking care of four children. She relies heavily on pension retirement to take care of her kids.

“The next house SCOT visited was Abdullah Lassim’s house in Kampung Biong, Lamunin which was destroyed by a fire and is in the process of fixing it on his own whereas another house they visited belonged to Mastika Matsi in Kampung Kupang. The house is perched on top of a hill and is at risk of collapsing due to the condition of the stilts and the possibility of landslide”, said SCOT in a press release.

The charity drive was aimed to encourage youths to play their role in giving back to society.

The drive allowed the volunteers the opportunity to come forward and lend a helping hand to members of the community in need especially when the celebratory season of Aidil Fitri is around the corner.

The Brunei Times



Source: The Brunei Times
Author: Zatty Joanda
Published Date: 20 August 2012

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