Royalty graces PSW charity high-tea
By Azim Karim

Since its establishment 21 years ago, the Women Graduates' Association (PSW) continues its commitment and responsibility as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that cares for the affairs related to women and children, and also in its effort to respond to the government's call to consolidate professional help to address social issues.

Towards that aspiration, PSW came together with its parent project - Save Our Children - by organising various charity events to raise sufficient funds for programmes that help children who come from communities that are less fortunate.

PSW yesterday held the Charity High-Tea at Royal Tarindak d' Polo in Jerudong, to raise awareness of various levels of society to join hands in providing assistance and aid to the needy in the Sultanate.

HRH Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah, who is also in support of the association's welfare in addressing all aspects in children issues, graced the event.

Greeting HRH upon arrival were Datin Hjh Adina binti Othman, Acting Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, and Pengiran Datin Paduka Hjh Hairani binti Pengiran Maharaja Lela Pengiran Muda Abdul Kahar, President of PSW.

The theme for the Charity High-Tea was 'Sentuhan Kasih' or 'A Touch of Love', inspired by a song composed by Dato Paduka Awang Hj Sumadi that is also symbolic and a way to realise the association's vision.

The event held a sale of branded handbags like Gucci and Chloe for charity purposes and the Save Our Children project.

As a flagship project, Save Our Children is in line with the country's commitment as a member to the Convention on the Rights of Child (CRC). It aims to give special aid to children in schools that are affected by poverty.

Four programmes were set to be undertaken in the project including home coaching for children from underprivileged families, annual school aid, children sponsorship (TAJAKA) and Childhood Support Centre (PUSAKA).

The Charity High-Tea was also enlivened by musical feats from local artistes including Putri Norizah with songs "The Greatest Love of All" and "Fly Me to the Moon", Hans Anwar and Musical Broadway by Sports School students. - Borneo Bulletin (23th May 2011)