Over 1000 Runners Sweated it Out in “Anak Adalah Anugerah” Charity Run

Feb 4, 2018

Bandar Seri Begawan, Sunday, 4 February 2018 – Over a thousand runners from all walks of life flocked over Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien in Bandar Seri Begawan today in support of the “Anak Adalah Anugerah” (AAA) charity run.

Spearheaded by the Special Education Unit (SEU) under the Ministry of Education as the main event for today’s “Bandarku Ceria”, the inaugural charity run was organised in conjunction with the recent International Day for Persons with Disabilities which is an annual event held every 3rd December. Among the participants included school children, students with special needs, their parents, officers and staff members from the Ministry of Education as well as members of the public. Various organisations supporting persons with disabilities were also present to show their support.

On hand to officiate the launching ceremony and to flag off the participants was the Guest of Honour, Yang Berhormat, Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hamzah Bin Sulaiman, Minister of Education. The guest of honour participated in the 1.5km Fun Walk/Run category alongside students with special needs.

Also participating were the Deputy Minister of Education, Datin Paduka Dr. Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Md Salleh; and the Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education), Associate Prof Dr. Hj Azman bin Ahmad.

Other esteemed guests include the Acting Director General of Education, Dayang Hajah Anis Faudzulani binti Haji Dzulkiflee; Directors, Senior Officials, Principals, parents, officers from the Special Education Unit and other officials from the Ministry of Education.

Five categories were opened for the run: 5km Open Competitive Run (Male and Female) for the general public, 5km Competitive Run for students with special needs (Male and Female), as well as a 1.5km Fun Walk/Run/Wheelchair category for the public and students with special needs.

Under the Competitive Run for students with special needs, Muhd Ikhwan Mustaqeem bin Muhd Shahardie grabbed first place in the Boys Category while Nurul Asyura Basirah Md Alimin crossed the finishing line first and emerged as Champion in the Girls Category. Both Champions received cash of $200. Snatching second place was Md Fakhrul Ruddin bin Hj Awang (boy category) and Nurul Rabi’atul Nabilah Hj Joharinizam (girl category). Both of them received cash $150. The third place was awarded to Muhd Wa’ie bin Erwan (boy category) and Nornazurah binti Mohd Rodzie (girl category). They received cash $100.00.

These cash prizes have been generously sponsored by TOTAL E&P Borneo B.V.   Meanwhile, all participants who completed the 5km competitive runs and 1.5km Fun Walk/Run/ Wheelchair category received a finisher medal.

"The AAA charity run would not have been possible without the support from our generous sponsors, our brilliant students with special needs and dedicated volunteers. A lot of work and effort went into making this happen so I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone, including our Organising Committee for their dedication and commitment in making this charity run a success” said Ali Yusri Bin Abdul Ghafor, Acting Head at SEU cum Chairperson of the AAA Charity Run organizing committee.

Awang Ali Yusri also added that the Special Education Unit is pleased to be able to do its part to give back to the community through the Charity Run, with 5% of the funds raised going to the Brunei Darussalam Special Olympics and the Brunei Darussalam Paralympic Council respectively. The remaining proceeds will be use to fund various IKHLAS initiatives and projects, which are ongoing collaborative efforts between SEU and relevant corporate private bodies aimed to meet the educational needs of students who require specialised resources. Its ultimate goal is to overcome learning barriers for students along with enhancing students’ accessibility and independence in schools.

The public were also treated to numerous exciting games and educational fun fair activities such as interacting with Cosplay characters, a fun photo booth, face painting, henna painting, exhibition and activities to promote awareness of students with special needs in schools, games and various charity sales at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien.