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KUCHING, April 30: The Girls’ Brigade Sarawak will be celebrating their 55th anniversary on Sunday (May 1) with the theme ‘United in Christ, One in GB’ during a 4pm thanksgiving service at Trinity Methodist Church.
The Girls’ Brigade (GB) said registered guests and members are attending the physical celebration while other members and the public are invited to watch the YouTube livestream of the service at this link.
GB Sarawak Regional representative cum service organising chairlady Captain Cindy Chow said its members are excited for the 90-minute celebration event, which will be led by Bishop of Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference of the Methodist Church in Malaysia, Bishop Dr Lau Hui Ming.
The service will also be graced by officers from the early days, namely Angela Tan Kok Han from 1st Sarikei Company, Tnay Yong Hua from 1st Sibu Company, Evelyn Chew from 2nd Kuching Company, and Joyce Ong from 1st Kuching Company.
“GB Sarawak would like to share this great joy with everyone as we are celebrating our 55th anniversary. For those who are coming to join us on-site, we look forward to meeting you in person.
“The thanksgiving service will also be on YouTube live for those who live elsewhere. Do share the link. We would love to have our old and new members join us online,” she said in a statement today.
Chow said other than a virtual band by the Sibu companies, there will also be a handchimes performance by 3rd Kuching Company, praise and worship led by 2nd Kuching Company, and a virtual choir by members and officers from all over Sarawak.
The Girls’ Brigade is an international girls’ organisation which began in Dublin in 1893 and arrived on Malaysian shores in 1938. The first Sarawak company, 1st Kuching Company, was formed in 1967 at St. Thomas’s Cathedral by Ms Ruth Duncombe.
In 1972, the Sarawak Group Council (SGC) was formed which later evolved into the Sarawak District Council (SDC) in 1978 and finally, the Sarawak Regional Council (SRC) in 1994.
To date, there are altogether 45 actives companies all over Sarawak with a total of 4,600 members ranging from 6 to 17 years old. Today, the Girls’ Brigade is recognised by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth and Sports as a uniformed organisation for girls. — DayakDaily