27 February 2024
The Karl-Monz-Foundation and BMW Group Asia Collaborate

EUR 10,000 donation to empower children and families through intervention work, care and mentoring.

Life Community Services Society (LCSS), a Singapore-registered non-profit organisation that empowers children and families through intervention work, care and mentoring, will receive a donation of EUR 10,000 from the Karl-Monz-Foundation to support an estimated 280 children with academic support, meals, case management, activities, and workshops.

“BMW Group Asia has been actively collaborating with LCSS since 2022 as part of our BMW Group Asia Learning Space initiative,” said Lars Nielsen, Managing Director, BMW Group Asia.

(2nd from left) Lars Nielsen, Managing Director, BMW Group Asia

“This year, we are excited to not only continue our journey with the children at their Life Student Care Centres but also support them financially through the Karl-Monz Foundation donation. The work that LCSS does in Singapore is an inspiration to us all and we believe these funds will greatly help them to empower the leaders of tomorrow.”

“We are grateful to partner with BMW Group Asia to complement and enrich our curriculum,” said Lam Moi Kwai, CEO of Life Community Services Society.

“With such strong ongoing support, our children are exposed to even more learning opportunities and equipped with the right tools for their development. We are confident that the Karl-Monz-Foundation donation will further support our efforts and have a positive impact on the lives of the children as they strive towards fulfilling their dreams and aspirations.”

About the Karl-Monz-Foundation

The Karl-Monz Foundation was founded in 1996 and launched by Karl Monz, a former member of the board of directors of BMW AG, who donated his assets to the foundation.

The foundation has since supported a wealth of various initiatives, ranging from the opening of a community centre for people directly and indirectly affected by AIDS/HIV in South Africa, to the funding for support of people with autism in Germany.

About Life Community Services Society

LCSS works with disenfranchised children and families, ensuring they receive the care they need through the following core services:

  • Friends Of Children and Youth (FOCY): Aimed at children and youth aged 6 to 16 with at least one parent presently or formerly incarcerated.
  • MightyKids, Families and Community (MKFC): Drop-in activity centre for children and youth aged 6 to 19 in the Telok Blangah community.
  • Life Student Care (LSC): Student care services in Hougang, Sengkang, and Yishun, with a programme emphasizing social, physical, intellectual, creative, emotional, and spiritual (moral) (SPICES) values.
  • EduGrow: A joint project with The Hut at Marine Parade that started in 2016 for children from Kindergarten 1 to Secondary 1 from lower-income families in the Marine Parade area.
  • Friends2Gather: A mentoring programme for children aged 6 to 8 from vulnerable backgrounds in Bedok Town.

As of 2023, through 1,146 activities, 956 children and families have benefited from the programmes at LCSS.

BMW Group Asia Learning Space

In July 2022, BMW Group Asia launched BMW Group Asia Learning Space, a long-term programme in Singapore to promote digital equity and educate children aged 7 to 12 on the topic of sustainability.

70 Hewlett-Packard laptop sets were donated to the four LSC Centres for the children’s coding classes with HP, homework, and other educational

In 2023, this initiative continued with 14 sustainability workshops across the centers, focusing on various sustainability topics like the basic principles of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, e-Waste, upcycling, and water sustainability.

In 2024, BMW Group Asia Learning Space aims to partner with various organisations in Singapore to teach children about sustainability in different industries such as aviation, fashion, food, and energy.

For those who are keen to make a difference and would like to join the BMW Group Asia team in volunteering for future sessions, please contact Kimberley Ng at kimberley.ng@bmwasia.com.

Photo Credits: BMW Group Asia

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