Automotive dealership group donates transporter to bolster Red Cross’s mobility service for the disadvantaged
Automotive dealership MNC Eurokars Group donated a transporter vehicle to the Singapore Red Cross Society (SRCS), with the official handover ceremony taking place this morning at the SRCS headquarters on 9 Penang Road.
The transporter, a specially-modified van, will be used in TransportAid, the Red Cross programme which assists low-income individuals who are mobility-challenged, including the elderly and the disabled.
“The Singapore Red Cross has a number of services for the elderly and the disable, and one of the key services, one of the great needs of these people is transportation to medical appointments and more. There are commercially available services, but these are expensive, so we have stepped in to fill this gap for those who need it, for those who otherwise cannot afford it,” said Mr Benjamin William, the Secretary General and CEO of the Singapore Red Cross.
Presumably it will also be used in the Society’s Medical Chaperone and Transport service. It is run by SRCS as part of its wider range of non-profit services to the eldery, disabled, and those in need, here in Singapore.
According to the SRCS, the Medical Chaperone and Transportation service has an annual operating cost of S$1-million a year, and serves more than 500 beneficiaries. Eurokars Group’s donation of the transporter brings the Red Cross transporter fleet to 11 in total.
The transporter is the fifth vehicle Eurokars has donated to charitable causes, and the second unit it has donated to SRCS, with the first handed over in 2002.
“One of our missions is to support and improve the lives of those in the community, especially those who are in need. Eurokars donates to a variety of charitable organisations, but as we are in the automotive trade, we feel that we can support these organisations who do need transportation,” said Ms Ong Lay Ling, group managing director for Eurokars Group.
The donation follows the continuation of Eurokars Group’s considerable CSR efforts through the years, and is in fact the second such contribution to happen during the COVID-19 pandemic era. In November 2020, the Group also donated an ambulance to Tan Tock Seng Hospital / National Centre for Infectious Diseases (TTSH NCID).