More than 40 undergraduate students from the Loughborough Brunei Society (Lufbru) gathered last Saturday at Queen’s Park in Loughborough (United Kingdom) to celebrate their Leaver’s Picnic.
Joined by first and second year students, the annual event this year was dedicated to final year students who will soon be completing their studies at Loughborough University and Loughborough College.
The gathering started with the recitation of surah Al-Fatihah, led by Lufbru’s Male Religious Officer, Hafiz Baha and followed by welcoming speech by the society’s president, Nur Syahirah Rambli.
During the half-day event, Leavers participated in a series of activities that were designed to put their teamworking skills and collaborative spirit to the test. Society members also enjoyed some leisure time and recreational sports including frisbee to further cultivate bonds amongst themselves.
The event was held to show appreciation for their Leavers who have played a crucial role in the growth and development of Lufbru by forming a close-knit Bruneian community.
In line with Lufbru’s tradition of providing ‘a home away from home’, senior members of the society form a strong peer support network by providing assistance and guidance to younger students to help ease the transition into their new lives in the UK. Their active involvement in the society’s weekly religious, sporting and social events have also maintained the presence of the society since its inauguration on 7 February 2007.
The event concluded with presentation of awards to winning teams and appreciation gifts for senior members of the society and finally, recitation of surah Al- ‘Asr.
Coverage in the press
This story was published by Borneo Bulletin on 22 May 2016 under the headline Loughborough Brunei Society holds Leaver’s Picnic.