After, after we showed you our Test Drive of the 2020 Land Rover Defender last Friday, we will be telling you today, dear Arab GT followers, how Jaguar and Land Rover have deployed more than 160 vehicles globally to support emergency response organisations during the novel coronavirus crisis.
A total of 57 vehicles including 27 New Defenders have been issued to the British Red Cross to deliver medicine and food to vulnerable people across the UK who now need additional support due to social distancing rules.
Jaguar and Land Rover teams in Spain, France, South Africa and Australia have loaned vehicles to their Red Cross societies and more markets are offering help to their local teams.
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This service is being provided with fleets of vehicles now available due to the postponement of launch events.
Land Rover and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have worked together for over 65 years, helping communities prepare and respond to emergencies with disaster-preparedness projects around the world – vital at times like this.
Through its partnership with the British Red Cross, Land Rover has also helped fund emergency relief efforts through the Disaster Relief Alliance, which supports community resilience programmes in the UK and around the world, providing financial assistance immediately when disaster hits – including The novel coronavirus. British Red Cross has already given £200,000 to support Asian countries severely affected by the pandemic.
Simon Lewis, Head of Crisis Response, British Red Cross said: “This unprecedented global health emergency requires us all to pull together. We have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown across the country, not only by our increasing number of volunteers, but also our longstanding partners. Thanks to Land Rover’s generous support, our Emergency Response teams in the UK will be to reach even more people living in isolated communities than we could alone.”
It is worth noting that many car manufacturers have shifted their production lines to manufacture medical supplies in order to help the medical effort in this unprecedented global health emergency. Yesterday we showed you pictures of what is currently happening at Lamborghini Auto Factory in Italy