By James Kon
Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha yesterday called on all members of the Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association to employ strategic methods to help Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association fulfil its vision both at the regional and international level.
Her Majesty said this in a titah during the Girl Guides Day celebration at the Royal Berkshire Hall of Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club.
On Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association's current progress, Her Majesty said, "I am delighted to learn that Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association has begun to explore ways to organise a number of joint development programmes."
Her Majesty believes that these will help instil the spirit of unity among members of the association.
"The programmes that will be organised should also reflect the maturity and leadership of the Girl Guides Association in actively playing a role to uphold the principles of volunteering through community and welfare works," Her Majesty said.
Accompanying Her Majesty at the event were Her Royal Highness Pengiran Isteri Azrinaz Mazhar binti Hakim Mazhar, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bulqiah, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bulqiah and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam.
Also present was HRH Princess Hjh Masna, President of Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association.
Dayang Hajah Siti Hafsah binti Hj Abdul Halim, Chief Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association, in her welcoming speech said, "Girl Guides Wakaf was launched in May this year to provide assistance to members who cannot bear the cost of uniform and fees, as well as girl guides items. It also will provide assistance and support to orphans of the association."
Speaking on the development project, she said, "The project will kick start in December at Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association Headquarters.
"It will be a follow up to the launching of Girl Guides Wakaf and Girl Guides Al-Wakaf shop, as well as community activities during the World Peace Day celebration, namely the Peace Fair, for collecting money for the orphans fund. We will also stand by the commitment made by Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association at the 33rd WAGGGS world conference to plant 100 trees until year 2010 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of WAGGGS."
Her Majesty and other members of the royal family were treated to a short play. This was followed by the presentation of long services badges in three categories.
The gold long services badge went to Dayang Hajah Siti Mariam binti Hj Abdullah and Dayang Hajah Selapah binti Hj Usin. The silver long services badge went to Dayang Hajah Maimunah binti Abdullah, Dayang Rosnah binti Hj Jumat and Pg Hajah Halimah binti Pg Hj Damit. The bronze long services badge went to Dayang Hajah Norlelawati binti Hj Abu Bakar, Dayang Hajah Hajidah binti Hj Abd Wahab, Dayang Jalia binti Hj Md Noor, Dayang Damit binti Salleh and Dk Sakdiah binti Pg Ahmad.
Nine schools and colleges also received certificates of appreciation from Her Majesty.
Her Majesty also cut a birthday cake accompanied by a birthday song sung by all members of the Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association.
- Borneo Bulletin
(3rd Nov 2008)