Since the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans, DANA was established 19 years ago, the support received from the community has been very encouraging. In fact, the contributions and donations have been so overwhelming that they have enabled the DANA Secretariat to organise several schemes and projects specially to look after the welfare of orphans. The Managing Director of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah stated the matter during the presentation of the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans Outstanding Student Incentive Award 2017 and a ceremony to receive funds raised from the 'SMS' Brunei Prihatin for the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans 2016 - 2017, yesterday.
Dato Paduka Awang Haji Eddie bin Dato Paduka Haji Sunny disclosed that the number of orphans registered with DANA up until the end of June 2017 is $3,860.00 He added that donations from the public through the 'SMS' Brunei Prihatin for DANA which was opened for 69 days from the 24th of November 2016 until the 31st of January 2017, has managed to raise $93,761.00
On hand to receive the 'SMS' Brunei Prihatin donations was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Education as the Chairman of the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Board of Directors. The 11th SMS Brunei Prihatin project for DANA raised $81,819.00 from DST customers, while $11,942.00 were raised through Progressif Cellular Sendirian Berhad customers. DANA also received annual donations from DST amounting to $20,000.00 and donations to DANA funds of Progressif Cellular Sendirian Berhad amounting to $1,525.00 and 15 cents.
This year, 10 students received the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans Outstanding Student Incentive Awards 2017, which comprise orphans who have obtained excellent results in last year's public examinations. 5 of them are students who sat for the Primary School Assessment Exam, PSR, while the other 5 are students who sat for the Primary Six Religious Schools Certificate Examination. The Award presentation aimed to encourage orphans to value the importance of education, and acts as a motivator for them to continue to strive to achieve excellence in their studies.
Source: Radio Television Brunei