Dealership giant is the first automotive company here to contribute in the fight against COVID in this way
Automotive dealership Eurokars Group today donated an ambulance to Tan Tock Seng Hospital and the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (TTSH-NCID), a first for ‘any automotive company and private corporate sector entity’ in Singapore.
Present at the official handover ceremony today, above from left to right: Chief Operating Officer of TTSH – Dr Jamie Mervyn Lim, Executive Chairman of Eurokars Group – Mr Karsono Kwee , Clinical Director of NCID – Dr Shawn Vasoo, and Group Managing Director of Eurokars Group – Ms Ong Lay Ling.
Mr Kwee said: “Eurokars Group believes in the power of automobiles in enhancing the lives of people and empowering them to fulfil their aspirations, and meet their daily needs and requirements. Our donation of a fully-equipped ambulance to TTSH-NCID is in line with the Group’s mission of contributing and making a positive impact on our society.”
“Throughout this health crisis, we have seen heroic efforts by individuals and healthcare providers such as TTSH-NCID and its dedicated staff to protect and preserve the health and lives of the community. By supporting TTSH-NCID with our donation of an ambulance, we derive satisfaction in knowing that we are able to reach out and help those in need to access life-sustaining care and treatment not just during the pandemic but at all times,” he added.
Dr Jamie Mervyn Lim, Chief Operating Officer of TTSH, said, “The outpouring support for healthcare institutions and healthcare workers from the community has been tremendous. Pandemic or not, our ambulances play a critical role in supporting our patient movement. We are extremely delighted and appreciative of Eurokars Group’s generous donation of an ambulance to TTSH-NCID.”
The ambulance will join TTSH’s current fleet, which is used to transfer COVID-19 patients from the NCID to Community Isolation Facilities and Community Care Facilities, as well as those waiting COVID-19 test results at Swab Isolation Facilities (read this report to find out the differences between the facilities). With fewer COVID cases in Singapore now, the ambulance fleet also operates 24/7 to move patients within the TTSH campus, or to and from other hospitals.
The donation throws the spotlight on Eurokars Group’s corporate social responsibility and Mr Kwee’s own philanthropy efforts: In 2017 the company donated a wheelchair-accessible vehicle to the SPD, and prior to that co-donated (together with the Rotary Club) another such vehicle to the Tan Tock Seng Patient Care Centre, and donated a vehicle to the Singapore Red Cross. With the latest ambulance making the fourth vehicle donated to charity by Eurokars, there’s another one on the way next month.
The group has also donated S$200,000 to SUSS and in 2018 raised S$112,000 together with Porsche for the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF).
“While we constantly strive to achieve sustainable growth as a company and attain new benchmarks of performance, we will also continue to not just step forward in a crisis but also proactively make contributions that aim to enhance the health and well-being of the population which non-profit and public healthcare organisations such as the TTSH-NCID support and assist,” said Mr Kwee of the company’s CSR efforts.
The Eurokars Group currently holds the dealership for the brands Mazda, MG, Mini, McLaren, Porsche, and Rolls-Royce in Singapore.