The programme’s participants before starting their mutual assist work party.

MIRI: Students of the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) Miri were lauded for giving their time and efforts during the ‘Programme Impak ILKBS@komuniti’ today.

During the one-day programme, 20 students of the institute were involved in a charity work by cleaning and beautifying a takraw court at Taman Bulatan.

They also helped trimming tree branches at the surrounding area.

Amongst those present were Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting cum Piasau assemblyman; Miri Mayor Adam Yii; IKBN Miri director Lamat Nyalau and Rolley Lagir of the Miri division Youth and Sports Department.

Ting in his opening remarks before the mutual assist (gotong-royong) work party kicked off that morning, asserted that volunteer work provided a way to gain a variety of useful skills, to understand the community and could help enhance community life.

“No doubt this programme encourages and increases the spirit of volunteerism among youths through experience and forms the creativity of youths in performing volunteer duties as well as fostering awareness of youths about socio-economic welfare and so on,” he pointed out.

The event aims to contribute the energy or skills of IKBN Miri’s students to the public and local community which involves maintenance work and minor repairs to public facilities and offers skills services according to the suitability of their field or expertise, he added.

Besides the gotong-royong work, the students also organised free motorcycle services to the public.