SAVANNAH, Ga. – JCB is donating equipment worth $150,000 to help the disaster relief effort in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that is feared to have killed tens of thousands of people.
The gift of two 3CX backhoe loaders is being made by JCB Chairman Anthony Bamford in response to an appeal from relief agencies for foreign aid.
“The scale of the devastation is unimaginable and it’s heart-rending to see the human suffering caused by the disaster. There is clearly a lack of equipment on the island and I hope our gift of JCB machines will help in some small way to alleviate that suffering and in the rebuilding in the aftermath of the earthquake,” Bamford said.
The machines are being made available to the U.S. government and its aid agencies, which are taking a leading role in the relief effort on the Caribbean island. The earthquake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale, has damaged the port and has created a number of logistical challenges hindering supplies entering the nation.
“We are working with the State Department and the United States Southern Command who are coordinating the massive relief effort in Haiti,” said John Patterson, chairman and CEO of JCB. “We want utilize the most efficient channels available to ensure that the machines reach the agencies and the people that need them. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti.”