SMRT will give $30 million to aid those with mobility needs in our community, through a Gift of Mobility fund. This was announced by President and Group CEO Desmond Kuek at the ‘SMRT: 30 Years of Giving Appreciation Dinner’ held at SCRC on 16 August 2017.
From just five stations between Yio Chu Kang and Toa Payoh in 1987, SMRT has become Singapore’s premier multi-modal land transport provider. As SMRT continues to enhance reliability and improve service standards, we are mindful of our commitment to society.
We will take our Corporate Social Responsibility to a whole new level, as we mark our 30th anniversary. The Gift of Mobility Fund will allow SMRT to better serve the community and help build an inclusive society. SMRT has pledged to give $30 million in cash and contributions to aid those with mobility needs in our community. We will be able to reach a larger segment of society, in particular the elderly and commuters with disabilities, through this partnership with the Community Chest.
Mr Kuek said the Gift of Mobility fund is in line with our vision of Moving People, Enhancing Lives. “Being at the fore of commuter service, we are committed to providing safe, reliable and comfortable rides for the more than one billion passenger journeys on our trains, buses and taxis each year. And we want to also extend that service to include that one more elderly or special-needs person who might need a bit more care and support on their travel journey.”
Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin said, “I am encouraged to see large corporate organisations stepping forward to engage and give back to the community through various community building initiatives and projects. It is important that as we strive for growth and development, we continue to look out for the elderly and the less fortunate amongst us.”
St Joseph’s Home and the Singapore Red Cross are amongst the first beneficiaries of the Gift of Mobility fund. At St Joseph’s Home, a nursing home with infant and childcare facilities, an inclusive playground will allow the elderly with mobility needs to interact with children attending the childcare centres there. Singapore Red Cross’ first ‘Clinic on Wheels’ programme will bring physiotherapy directly to the elderly in our community.
SMRT is also planning an innovative programme with Singtel and MINDS to improve our SMRTConnect mobile app to make land transport more inclusive and accessible for those with mobility and other special needs.