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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.