As Eurokars Group drives luxury experiences and continues expansion in the region, we are also committed to giving back to society. Other than being an accomplished and celebrated business leader, Executive Chairman Mr Karsono Kwee is also a philanthropist, espousing values such as nurturing relationships and investing in the community.
As the largest privately-owned car distributorship in Singapore, Eurokars Group firmly believes in the power of automobiles in enhancing the lives of people and empowering them to fulfil their aspirations and meet their needs and requirements.
The Group donated a transporter to the Singapore Red Cross in 2021. The vehicle, which was modified for wheelchair access, enables elderly and disabled beneficiaries to travel to healthcare service providers and day activity centres.
In 2020, Eurokars Group became the first automotive company and private sector corporate entity in Singapore to donate an ambulance to Tan Tock Seng Hospital and National Centre for Infectious Diseases amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The fully equipped ambulance provides vital aid and boosts the transfer of patients within and outside the hospital campus.
SPD received a vehicle modified for wheelchair access in 2017 to facilitate day-to-day operational activities including therapy and rehabilitation sessions.
Eurokars Group is a strong supporter and advocate of education. The Group believes that education is the vital key that unlocks opportunities in life and opens the doors to a bright future and promising career path.
In 2020, Eurokars Group donated $200,000 to the S R Nathan School of Human Development at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. The endowment fund provides financial support to part-time students from the Bachelor of Social Work programme. The Group became the first automotive company in Singapore to establish an endowed scholarship at the Singapore Management University in 2017. The $250,000 contribution provides financial assistance to undergraduates pursuing academic excellence. Both donations are complemented by matching grants from the Singapore Government. In 2022, the Group won the People’s Association Community Spirit Award for contributions to pandemic response. These efforts included the provision of masks and sanitisers to Singapore’s West Coast community and funding of shuttle bus services for two months to fetch seniors and those with disabilities to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. Eurokars Group was also a Presenting Royal Co-Sponsor for Gala of Light, a fundraising event held in support of the Compassion Fund, a crisis response fund dedicated to helping students from low-income families.
Since its incorporation, Eurokars Group has supported a wide range of charitable and not-for-profit organisations and causes. We are pleased to have supported The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, Team SportCares , Children’s Charity Association, MILK Fund, President’s Challenge and the Compassion Fund. Under the leadership of Mr Karsono Kwee, Eurokars Group will continue a tradition of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy.
Eurokars Group supports Gala of Light, over $600,000 raised for financially challenged students facing a family crisis
Back row: Mr Karsono Kwee, Mr Saurabh Mittal, Minister S. Iswaran, Mr David Lum Front row: Mrs Patricia Kwee, Mrs Shraddha Mittal, Mrs Kay Iswaran, Mrs Dorothy Chan, Dr Kani Soin, Mrs Mandy Lum
Eurokars Group and the Lum Chang Group were the Presenting Royal co-sponsors for the Gala of Light, a charity fundraising event in support of Compassion Fund. The Compassion Fund is a Singapore-based, non-profit organisation and crisis response fund dedicated to assisting students from low-income families.
The Gala took place on 7 October 2022 at Marina Bay Sands, in celebration of the Festival of Lights also known as Deepavali. Synonymous with the values associated with Deepavali – celebration, gratitude and giving – the event was a resounding success with over S$600,000 raised for the Compassion Fund.
The evening welcomed over 270 guests including Guest of Honour Mr. S Iswaran, Minister for Transport and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, Mr. David Lum, Managing Director of the Lum Chang Group, and Mr. Karsono Kwee, Executive Chairman of Eurokars Group.
The event offered guests an opportunity to get up close and personal with three outstanding icons from the BMW Group – the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost, the BMW iX, and the MINI Electric. Eurokars Group and the BMW Group have enjoyed a long-standing and fruitful partnership within the region since 2003.
On 1 October 2022, Eurokars Group celebrated a significant milestone as it began operations as an official authorised BMW dealer in Singapore. The partnership between Eurokars Group and the BMW Group has now come full circle, with the Group’s portfolio now encompassing the BMW brand in Singapore, alongside Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and MINI in both Singapore and Indonesia, as well as BMW and BMW M in Indonesia.
Mr. Karsono Kwee, Executive Chairman of Eurokars Group, opined, “The Gala of Light and its supporting efforts for the Compassion Fund is an admirable cause aligned with our Group’s values of contributing back to the society, extending care and inclusivity at every given opportunity.”
Mrs. Kay Iswaran, Chairperson of Compassion Fund, commented, "The funds raised from the Gala of Light are integral to Compassion Fund continuing its work of helping many families suffering tragic circumstances in our community. Without the generous support of our Presenting Royal co-sponsors, partners and Gala Committee members, this event would not have been possible.”
“It was truly a fun night of glitter, glamour and gratitude,” added Ms. Samia Khan and Ms. Bina Rampuria, the co-founders of Gala of Light, whose mission is focused on creating support and opportunities for financially challenged families in Singapore facing the crisis of a recent death, illness, or accident.
Guests were also treated to a curated evening by Mélange Singapore, which consisted of an exclusive fashion showcase by Tarun Tahiliani, acclaimed Master couturier to royalty and Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities, and interactive live performances by the Vyas Brothers from India.
In addition, the Gala hosted a prestigious live auction featuring unique and bespoke experiences for attendees to bid on. They included the opportunity to enjoy a special wine pairing dinner with Minister and Mrs. S Iswaran at refined Indian grill restaurant Revolver, a four-hour private charter of an Italian Azimut 40 yacht, a family portrait session by artist Sheyna Baig, luxury hotel escapes with Raffles Hotel and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, an exclusive tasting session of Tequila and Mezcals from Mexican super-premium spirit brand Código 1530, a modern Indian fine dining experience at two-Michelin-starred Thevar and a limited edition 2016 Scotty Cameron Masters Newport 2.5 Putter.
People’s Association Community Spirit Award 2022
Eurokars Group, represented by Ms. Ong Lay Ling, Group Managing Director, was honoured to receive the People's Association (PA) Community Spirit Award from Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Second Minister for Law, and Deputy Director of PA.The PA Community Spirit Awards are given to recognise exemplary partners who have assisted in supporting the PA and its grassroots organisations and Community Development Councils in building social capital and bonding the community.
Over the years, the Group has worked in close collaboration with West Coast Community Centre (CC) to support their worthy causes, community events and activities. Partnering with West Coast CC during the pandemic, our Group provided masks and sanitisers to 15,000 households and funded shuttle bus services for two months to fetch seniors and those with disabilities living in the West Coast to Clementi Community Centre to receive their vaccinations.
The successful initiative yielded a total ridership of almost 5,000 people and the achievement of a high vaccination rate amongst seniors in the community.
Conferment of the Public Service Medal (PBM) on Mr Karsono Kwee, Executive Chairman of Eurokars Group
Mr Karsono Kwee receiving the Public Service Medal (PBM) from President Halimah Yacob
Mr Karsono Kwee was conferred the Public Service Medal (PBM) as part of the 2017 Singapore National Day Awards by Her Excellency, the President of the Republic of Singapore, Madam Halimah Yacob.
Established by the Singapore Government in 1973, the Public Service Medal is awarded to any person who has rendered commendable public service in Singapore or for his or her achievement in the field of arts and letters, sports, the sciences, business, the professions and the labour movement.
This special achievement recognises Mr Kwee’s long-standing and steadfast contribution to Singapore society, as well as his tireless efforts to develop and lead an organisation that makes a positive and tangible impact on the community.
The Community Partnership Excellence Award
From left to right: Mr Chan Chun Sing, then Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Chairman of People’s Association, Mr Karsono Kwee, and Mr Ang Hak Seng, BBM, then Chief Executive Director, People’s Association
With social responsibility and public value at the core of its vision and social mission, Eurokars Group conscientiously supports community projects which have a positive and enriching impact on the community that it serves and operates in.
For its efforts in building social capital and contributing to the community, Eurokars Group received the Community Partnership Excellence Award of the People’s Association Community Spirit Awards 2016.
Mr Karsono Kwee, Executive Chairman of Eurokars Group, received the award from Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and Deputy Chairman of People’s Association, at the presentation ceremony that was held on 19 October 2016 at the People’s Association Headquarters Auditorium.