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Vote for the Defender Service Awards Finalists

Land Rover, inspired by selfless and passionate acts of service across the US and Canada, launched the second annual Defender Service Awards to celebrate charitable organizations’ positive impact on their local communities. The premium 4WD vehicle brand is donating a custom-outfitted Defender 130 SUV to five organizations to help further their philanthropic efforts in honor of over 70 years of the Land Rover Defender supporting humanitarian agencies worldwide. In addition to the award of the Defender 130, partner brands have joined Defender Service Awards to recognize these organizations’ invaluable service works further. Chase Bank, the presenting sponsor, will donate $5,000 to each of the five finalists per category, totaling $125,000 in prize money.

To be considered for the awards, organizations have to be US-based 501(c)(3) non-profits and Canadian-registered charities whose efforts fall within the five categories outlined in the program. Public voting for the five finalists for each category will take place between October 21 to November 6 to determine the ultimate winners.

Winners of this year’s Defender Service Awards will be announced at Destination Defender, a premium weekend celebration curated for the Defender enthusiast. Taking place from November 12-13, 2022, at Oz Farm in Saugerties, New York, the event will feature Defender-inspired experiences, including live music, adventure activities, guest camping and glamping sites, learning seminars, heritage display, and an evening celebration announcing this year’s Defender Service Awards winners.

The finalists across all five categories are as follows:

Animal Welfare Award, Presented by KONG

Veterans Outreach Award, Presented by dentsu x

Environmental and Conservation Award, Presented by OUTSIDE Interactive Inc:

Community Services Award, Presented by ei3:

Search and Rescue Award, Presented by Pelican:

Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America, said,

“Our sincere gratitude goes out to the over 800 charitable organizations who submitted entries for this year’s Defender Service Awards. The 25 finalists captured a special spirit of service, which is part of the fabric of our brand. We look forward to sharing the finalists’ entries with the public and wish them luck.”

To learn more about the 2022 Land Rover Defender, please visit LandRoverUSA.com.

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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking adventure and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries (including West Africa), circumnavigated South America, and driven from Argentina to Alaska, which was followed by an exploration of Europe and Western Asia before returning to explore the Americas. Graeme is the Senior Editor 4WD for Expedition Portal, a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six books, and an Overland Journal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell