Royalty at Charity Walkathon
By Aemy Azlena

Hundreds gathered in front of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium yesterday for the Majlis Wanita Charity Walkathon 2007.

Attending as the guest of honour was HRH Princess Hajah Masna who later presented prizes to the winners in the four different categories.

Also taking part in the walkathon were YAM Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Hj Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Hj Abu Bakar, senior government officials, members of the Majlis Wanita Administrative Board and the associations under Majlis Wanita as well as their family members and members of the public.

The main objective of the walkathon was to strengthen the relationships between members from Majlis Wanita and the associations under them.

It was also aimed at raising cooperation among the associations under Majlis Wanita and to finance community projects organised by them.

Organised by the Girl Guides Association of Brunei, the walkathon was themed "Beriadah sambil Beramal", which translates to conducting charitable work while exercising.

Twenty per cent of the proceeds will go to charity and 40 per cent to the associations under Majlis Wanita to finance community projects they organised.

The event kick-started with a brief aerobics session to warm up the participants before they began their walk around the National Stadium.

Among the ones who came first were Shah Johan bin Siok and Norasmah bte Sapar in the open category, Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Hj Abidin and Hjh Masura bte Hj Abidin in the veteran category, and Md Khairul Yazid Hj Abd Razol and Umamah Sakinah bte Dr Hj Azlan in the children category. Also appreciated were Hj Md Yunus bin Hj Kani and Hjh Fatimah bte Saidi who were the last to arrive.

After the walkathon, HRH viewed the "Healthy Living" exhibition set up by the Pharmaceutical Services of the Ministry of Health.

The exhibition provided information in the form of pamphlets and displays to inform about medicines, banned products as well as inspections conducted on traditional medicines/health supplement importers and licensed pharmaceutical wholesalers. - Borneo Bulletin (25th June 2007)