Opportunities and more for Sarawak youth with RBS
By Jude Toyat
Persatuan Rakan Bestnye Sarawak (RBS) is an association that the youth of Sarawak can be proud of.
According to its secretary Cilla Balla, RBS gives opportunities for the youth to fully expore and indulge in whatever positive pursuits they take on.
“We organise various programmes for the youth in Sarawak, no matter the scale,” she said when met recently.
Established last year, RBS was registered by Registrar of Societies Sarawak (ROS) in December 30, 2014 and so far has 25 members from different walks of life aged 21 to 55.
Currently, RBS has only one association branch located in Kuching.
“We have yet to explore having other chapters or branches in other parts of the state as we are still in our infancy,” she added.
To provide information and updates to the public on Sarawak in terms of educational, historical, cultural, social, economic and tourist destinations and programmes on a daily basis, RBS set up a Facebook community page under their handle ‘Rakan BN Sarawak’ last November.
“Our main aim is to instil harmony and strengthen ties, solidarity and mutual respect among people regardless of age, race or religion.
“As of today, we have 55,355 followers on Facebook. We also encourage the use of our local dialect in our communication, writing or verbal, bringing the sense of belonging for us Sarawakians,” she explained.
RBS has organised events and planned future upcoming events for this year as well as next year that include WaterCarpark Run, Intercultural Futsal Tournament, and Tour of Sarawak 2016.
The WaterCarpark Run will be held at Kuching Waterfront on October 11 this year themed ‘We Will Make You sWEaT’.
“It will be race like no other, consisting of two categories (Leisure – 2.9km and Professional Run – 8.7km).
“A three-day mini carnival will be organised in conjunction with this event at the waterfront with lots of booths to visit and exciting side activities and free goodies.
“Medals for pro-runners, certificates and lots of goodies will be given out during the run,” she added.
Registration for the run is open until this September. For more information, call the event team at 014-6834321 (Den) or their hotline at 0111-8586092 or keep updated through their Facebook page at Watercarpark RUN.
Meanwhile, for the Intercultural Futsal Tournament to be held this November, 64 teams from Padawan and Kuching area will compete to gain the ultimate title for the champion together with irresistible cash prizes and medals to the winner.
“Team registrations are open on a first come first serve basis,” she added.
For more info, call the event team at 014-6863900 (Aaron) or 016-8828413 (Adam).
Scheduled to be held next year is the Tour of Sarawak 2016.
RBS is the co-organiser together with Ryzam Southern Sdn Bhd of this first ever international cycling competition to be organised in Sarawak. The race starts from Miri and will head off to Bintulu, Sibu, Sarikei, Sri Aman, and will end in Kuching.
Cyclists from 20 different countries, such as Great Britain, Japan, Korea, China, Australia, Iran, South Africa, Philippines, Hong Kong, and many more will compete in this 756.2km international cycling event.
“Supported by Kementerian Pembangunan Belia (KPS) Sarawak, RBS hopes that by bringing this event to Sarawak, it will boost our state’s name further to the world especially in sports and tourism,” she said of the race to be held from Jan 13 to 18 next year.
On the future of RBS, Cilla said, “We encourage more Sarawakians to join and approach us, as well as to assist us in bringing more international activities and programmes in future.
“We do have plans that one day we will have our own association building and able to sponsor ‘Anak Sarawak’ to be known internationally.”