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“Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards” Honors Community-focused Charitable Orgs

Recognizing seven US-based charitable organizations, Land Rover’s “Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards” will identify and reward these champions of community service with one of seven custom-designed Defenders. Why seven? In recognition of seven decades of Land Rover vehicles helping humanitarian efforts across the globe.

“Across seven decades, Land Rover vehicles have earned a unique place in the hearts of humanitarian agencies across the world. The Defender continues this legacy and maintains its standing as a vehicle purpose-built for service. Inspired by the endless acts of service across the US from extraordinary citizens this past year, Land Rover, today, announced the launch of the ‘Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards’ to celebrate US-based charitable organizations that are making a positive impact in their local community.”

Submissions can be made via a video nomination (here) and will be open until July 27, 2021. To be eligible, “Organizations must be U.S.-based 501(c)(3)1 non-profits whose efforts fall within the seven categories outlined in the program.” Those seven categories include search and rescue, coastal and marine conservation, animal welfare, first responders, environmental, urban improvement, and fire services.

“Defender vehicles have been used for various humanitarian causes around the world for decades and with its recent return to the US, we wanted to expand on that legacy with ‘The Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards’ and celebrate organizations that know the value of community and drive to do great things with them,” said Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America. “Over this past year, we have been inspired by the endless acts of service from people who embody the Above and Beyond spirit of Land Rover, and we’re excited to reward these individuals with new customized Defender vehicles so they can continue to help those around them.”


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When he's not publishing campervan content or gear reviews on ExPo, Matt Swartz is honing his paragliding skills, hiking a 14er, or exploring the backroads of Colorado. His love of travel has seen him bike across the United States, as well as explore more exotic destinations like the Amazon basin and Patagonia. Matt spent three years living in a 1964 RV with his partner, Amanda. He's worked as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and his photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.