SRI AMAN: Sarakup Indu Dayak Sarawak (SIDS) here took time to tell people of its history during its 25th anniversary dinner at the Civic Centre here recently.
The branch held its first meeting at the home of Aju Lingoh on March 23, 1986 with the aim of electing its first ever office bearers, its president Roselyn Abunawas said.
The committee members then were introduced by Dato Sri Empiang Jabu, SIDS president, at the multipurpose hall of the Sri Aman police headquarters.
The branch started to form its units in 2005. It now has 12 units altogether.
Roselyn said the branch placed importance on education particularly of children of its members.
“A Students Fund has been set up towards assisting our children who excelled in their public examinations to pursue further studies at tertiary level,” she said.
She acknowledged two SIDS Sri Aman members who have completed their higher learning education. The two bachelor degree graduates are Stefanie Larry and Diana Andrew.
Minister of Social Development Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom who was represented by Paul Igai, a political secretary to the chief minister officiated at the dinner.
Mawan is also Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) president. SIDS is the women wing of SDNU.
SIDS Exco members from Kuching, Lundu, Lubok Antu, Betong, Saratok, Sarikei, Pakan, Sibu, Sekuau, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang were among those present.
SDNU vice-president Anthony Banyan also graced the dinner.