Charity Expedition for ALAF 2013

Charity Expedition for ALAF 2013

EVENTS

OVER 6,000 people thronged the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium yesterday morning to support BIBD’s flagship event for its ALAF programme, the Charity Expedition (CE) for ALAF 2013.

The event started the night before with the BIBD Midnight Marathon, which had a selected group of 25 contestants running a full 42km marathon. After Subuh prayers, participants made their way to the assembly area to prepare themselves for the challenge that they had set out for.

Brunei’s own Olympian, Maziah Mahusin, was given the honour to flag-off the first event of the morning, the 21km run, while BIBD Managing Director, Javed Ahmad, officiated the start of the 10km run.

The 5km event continued and was flagged off by Awg Junaidi bin Hj Masri, Assistant Managing Director, Brunei Investment Agency (BIA), which was followed by Dr Abdul Manaf bin Hj Metussin, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) launching the 2.5km category.

Hjh Nurul Akmar binti Hj Mohd Ja’afar, Deputy Head of Consumer Banking Division and head of the BIBD Corporate Responsibility Team completed the flagging off with the launching of the cycling expedition.

The BIBD CE-ALAF was graced by His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Wakeel, who managed to finish the 5km run in 37 minutes, along with Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah, who finished the race 20 minutes later.

Marathon Des Sables BIBD Runner’s Quest for Charity

Marathon Des Sables BIBD Runner’s Quest for Charity

EVENTS

With the full support of Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam Berhad (BIBD), Brunei’s first ever Marathon Des Sables (MDS) runners, Hamsul Sulaiman and Ahmad Fathi Junaidi, have successfully completed the 28th MDS held in Sahara Desert in Morocco.

By strongly supporting the duo, BIBD via its Corporate Social Responsibility, aspire to create and raise awareness on having a global community that cares, ultimately becoming an integral and strong partner of the community. This partnership is developed to encourage a positive influence and inspiration to the nation besides supporting both BIBD’s and CSR’s future initiative plans, which includes the Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future (ALAF) programme which is designed to provide educational progression for the underprivileged children through a systematic sponsorship scheme.

The MDS, touted as the toughest footrace on earth, held over seven days and six stages, where the participants in the Marathon des Sables will have to survive across 155 miles (250 km) equivalent to running 5 1/2 marathons. With them, carrying all their essential equipment such as gear, food, obey a laundry list of safety rules; sleep in communal tents and so on, as only water is rationed and handed out at each checkpoint.

Ahmad Fathi managed to come in at 778th place with a time of 51 hours and 47 minutes, followed by compatriot Hamsul who finished in 959th place with a time of 69 hours and 13 minutes.

BIBD gave its full support to the MDS runners, in the shared belief that one can achieve anything with passion, determination and discipline.

The effort was hoped to raise awareness and to inspire others in achieving their own personal milestones as well as to raise funds for BIBD’s Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future (ALAF) programme.