SAVANNAH, GA - In response to the ongoing needs in Haiti, JCB, one of the word's largest manufacturers of construction equipment, today announced its Backhoe Across America charity drive, a national initiative in partnership with the American Red Cross. The cross-country campaign features a JCB 3CX backhoe loader, which will travel from Georgia to California to help raise the still-needed funds that will be critical to Haiti's long-term rebuilding efforts.
The JCB 3CX backhoe loader will begin its coast-to-coast trek from the beach at Tybee Island, Ga., on Friday, March 26, 2010. It will then travel more than 3,000 miles across the U.S., making fundraising "pit stops" at JCB dealerships in nine cities along the way, before reaching its final destination - the beach at California's Santa Monica Pier - on April 20, 2010.
"Haiti's road to recovery will be long and difficult," said John Patterson, chairman and CEO, JCB Inc. "On behalf of everyone at JCB, we hope that the miles traveled and donations secured during Backhoe Across America will help ease the burden of the journey that lies ahead for this devastated nation."
With a fundraising goal of $1 million, JCB will donate all monies raised during the 26-day road trip directly to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund. Those who wish to make a donation to the Backhoe Across America charity drive can either visit one of the 11 route stops or go to www.JCBforHaiti.com.