The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has a new vehicle in its fleet of transporters to ferry elderly and disabled people from low-income families, thanks to a donation from automotive group Eurokars.
The new transporter, which is fitted to allow wheelchair access, will benefit some 600 elderly and disabled people, as part of the SRC TransportAid programme.
The programme offers door-to-door transport services for those who need help getting to their medical appointments or activity centres - at very low or no cost.
SRC chief executive and general secretary Benjamin William said support from organisations and corporations such as Eurokars Group is critical for the charity to continue its programmes.
"If they don't support the programme, then really our hands would be tied - if we had one vehicle less, then we'd run that much less of the service," he added.
The Covid-19 outbreak has exacerbated the need for the SRC to continue providing transport services - even during the circuit breaker period last year.
"For many of our clients, if they didn't continue to go for their medical appointments such as dialysis, they would have been in a dire situation," Mr William said, adding that there has been an increase in demand for SRC services, as other providers have had to cut down on their services and more people faced financial difficulties.
Mr William received the transporter at a handover ceremony at Red Cross House near Dhoby Ghaut on Wednesday, from Eurokars Group managing director Ong Lay Ling.
This is the second time the group has donated a transporter to SRC.
It hopes to continue supporting the community in the years to come, said Ms Ong. "Eurokars Group is delighted to be able to contribute towards the SRC in achieving its mandate and laudable mission of relieving human suffering, protecting human lives and dignity, and responding to emergencies."
The new transporter is the 11th transporter in SRC's fleet.
"In 2020, as challenging as it was, I think a lot of individuals and corporations really stepped up to the plate. There has been a tremendous outpouring of support from the public to our Covid-19 response," Mr William said, adding that as the outbreak continues to loom over the new year, the SRC hopes that individuals and corporations will continue to support its mission with in-kind donations.