3rd Easy Run with SMARTER Brunei

The Civil Service Institute (IPA) organized its 3rd Easy Run under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), aimed at promoting and creating awareness on the importance of maintaining good health to the public and encouraging the public to perform their social responsibilities in giving back to the community through charity. The 3rd Easy Run was held at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas, and was participated by 30 representatives and Individuals With Autism (IWA) from Society for the Management of Autism Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei. Making an appearance at the run was Brunei’s own international star Wu Chun, who is also the Managing Director of Fitness Zone, as a show of support and encouragement to everyone.  The day ended with 3’s (Satisfaction, Smiles and Sweat) that is visible in the faces of the IWAs. With this activity, we are one step forward in achieving our goal and successfully created a BRIDGE between our world and their world.

 

Jollibee Brunei supports SMARTER Brunei donations boxex 2016-2017

Jollibee has been a well-loved brand in Brunei for 28 years. Entrek (B) Sdn Bhd. Jollinee Brunei, catered the mainstream market as our customer base is composed of 80% locals or Bruneian. It is a company that values FAMILY. The company focuses on the importance of family values, making Jollibee a growing international QSR player. Aside from promoting a family oriented work environment, the brand’s values also reflect on our advertising and marketing. Jollibee has been very active in supporting and promting Government and NGO projects that would benefit citizens of Brunei SMARTER Brunei, especially the parents and family members of our Individuals With Autism (IWAs), expresses our deepest appreciation, gratitude and heartfelt thanks to the management of Entrek (B) Sdn Bhd for the successful fundraising campaign through setting up donation boxes in all of the 14 branches of Jollibee in Brunei Darussalam . This was initially launched during the 9th World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) Celebration last 2nd April 2016. In 2016, the said fundraising campaign which run for 9 months from 2nd April to 31st December 2016 managed to collect THIRTY FOUR THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED ELEVEN DOLLARS AND NINETY FOUR CENTS (B$34,511.94). It has shown the generous support and contribution from all the Jollibee customers which has tremendously benefited and assisted SMARTER financially in running the 3 centres for 110 IWAs. Because of this remarkable response from the community and Jollibee Brunei’s outstanding support, it was once again decided to put up the donation boxes in the 14 branches commencing last 2nd April 2017 during the 10th World Autism Awareness Day Celebration which hopefully would be extended until the end of this year.

 

SMARTER Brunei B.A.C.A. Gift Centre OPENING

Do you remember Smarter Brunei’s first musical entitled Oddy’s Quest? It was first shown in April of 2011 in Indera Samudra Hall of Empire Hotel and Country Club. It had a sequel entitled Oddy’s Quest, A Journey in Search of a Home shown in February the next year. The musical concert talks about Oddy’s journey searching for a permanent home. In this story line, Oddy represents SMARTER Brunei who is finding permanent facility for individuals with autism. A place where they can show their talent, skills and productivity. It all started when our Sengkurong ASD Centre moved to its permanent haven in Mata- Mata in May 2015. Their name changed to SMARTER EDGE as this newly found sanctuary provides Early Development, Growth, and Empower/Enabling individuals with autism. We are very blessed to be given an opportunity by the Ministry of Health to use their bungalow and land and some generous sponsors to have our own purpose built centre to cater for all our children’s needs. Just last year (September 2016) when we had a surprised visit from Minister of Health as we were requesting for a permanent facility for our Adult with Autism. As you know, SMARTER Brunei is facing high COST (challenges, obstacles, setbacks and threats) in operating the centres and the immediate solution is CASH and one of the challenges has been answered after he had a look in our centre in Jangsak and saw our programmes. From there, he had a clue of what infrastructure we require for all our programmes to run smoothly. He offered us to use the old Sungai Hanching Clinic in Jalan Muara Sungai Hanching. We are so thankful as we know that this will help us greatly in terms of developing more programmes for our Adults with Autism. In December 2016, we started moving all our things to our new home in Sungai Hanching. It took us, truckloads of things, days and nights of reorganizing all the areas like the bakery, the 3R porta cabin, building a place for shop assistant, rebuilding the swimming pool, updating and upgrading teaching materials in the classroom. And now, we can say that we have our own permanent home to develop programmes as well as our Adults with Autism to be a (CHIPs) Contributing, Holistic, Interdependent and Productive members of the society. We can now say that our musical concert, “Oddy’s Quest, a Journey in Search of a Home” has a beautiful ending. Smarter Brunei indeed found its permanent home. As this was the ending of Oddy’s Quest II, it will be a beautiful beginning for all our Adults with Autism as they are starting to settle with their new home. We are now making continuous improvements in infrastructure and continuously providing excellent service and programmes for our individuals with autism. The BACA GIFT Centre Official Launching will be on the 8th January 2018.

 

New PLAYGROUND for SMARTER Brunei

Individuals With Autism will have a more spacious area to play with the newly revamp playground. The new facility was sponsored by China Engineering Company (CHEC). CHEC is a leading provider of full services in Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC), Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT), and Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) for both public and private sectors. The upgraded facility has been named the China Harbour Engineering Company Kids’ Playground, and is located at SMARTER Brunei’s Early Development Growth and Enabling (EDGE) Centre at Kampong Perpindahan Mata-Mata. The new playground is equipped with 7 wall fans, a fully covered walk way, new equipment and roofing. All the new equipment and facilities will help the kids with autism stimulate their imagination and senses both physically and mentally. The official opening and ribbon cutting was joined by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof as the Guest Of Honour. 

Also present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Permanent Secretaries at MCYS Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Jalil and Dato Paduka Dr Hj Affendy Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin. Malai Haji Abdullah bin Malai Haji Othman, the President and CEO of SMARTER Brunei, thanked the Minister for his “continuous compassion, love, understanding, empathy and support to our children with autism and SMARTER Brunei.” He also said “We are humbled and grateful for the generosity of the CHEC PMB Company, especially to Yao Di in supporting SMARTER Brunei by upgrading our playground to meet our criteria of 3S, which are safety, suitability and serenity. “This upgrade means that we now have a very safe, suitable and serene playground environment that children with autism can use anytime to improve their quality of life, which meets our WISE approach (Welcoming, Inviting, Supporting and Encouraging) strategy. “Thank you CHEC PMB, and especially to Mr Yao Di for showing so much compassion, love, understanding, empathy and support,” Smiles and laughter filled the area as the kids of SMARTER Brunei E.D.G.E. played around the newly revamped playground.

 

SMARTER conducted CPR/AED training for all staff

The First Aid and CPR Training Course conducted to all the Therapists was very informative and beneficial. It was fun and at the same time, felt good and rewarding to have the opportunity to be trained of this very serious and life-saving skill. As a registered nurse, this is something that I take very seriously career-wise.  I am very happy that we were given this opportunity in SMARTER Brunei. It is also confident boosting to be trained of this very important skill, in which we can apply as a therapist; given that some of our students have cases of seizures. Most importantly, it is very fulfilling to be able to help, not only by teaching but also in saving lives. Truly, SMARTER is true to its words in promoting SAFETY first above all else. Teacher Pau, Volunteer Therapist in BACA Eight (8) staff will be sent to the National Resuscitation Centre, Ong Sum Ping to undergo Instructor Course for 2 days.

 

SMARTER Brunei in-house training programme

The Civil Service Institute (IPA) organized its 3rd Easy Run under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), aimed at promoting and creating awareness on the importance of maintaining good health to the public and encouraging the public to perform their social responsibilities in giving back to the community through charity. The 3rd Easy Run was held at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas, and was participated by 30 representatives and Individuals With Autism (IWA) from Society for the Management of Autism Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei. Making an appearance at the run was Brunei’s own international star Wu Chun, who is also the Managing Director of Fitness Zone, as a show of support and encouragement to everyone.  The day ended with 3’s (Satisfaction, Smiles and Sweat) that is visible in the faces of the IWAs. With this activity, we are one step forward in achieving our goal and successfully created a BRIDGE between our world and their world.