When luxury SUVs can help the needy

Posted at 09/27/2012 4:42 PM | Updated as of 09/27/2012 5:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A group of hobbyists has chosen to use their sport utility vehicles (SUV) to go off the beaten track – both literally and figuratively.

The 30-member Land Rover Club of the Philippines, which started out as a group of SUV enthusiasts who go on off-road adventures, is now using their expensive vehicles to help victims of natural disasters such as floods.

From tropical storm “Ondoy” in 2009 to the recent habagat, the group is going the extra mile to deliver relief goods and bring residents to higher ground.

“We deliver relief goods, hot food and used clothes,” club president Robby Consunji said in an interview with ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs program “Ako Ang Simula.”

“Sa amin, it’s being able to answer to the transport requirement [during floods]. We go to extreme destinations,” he added.

The Land Rover Club of the Philippines has tied up with non-government organizations such as Angel Brigade to help flood victims.

Tishia Bautista, founder of the NGO, said the group has been helpful in rescuing people from hard-to-reach areas.

“They have always been there for us. There are a lot of areas na talagang ‘yung flood I guess 4x4 lang talaga ang pwedeng dumaan,” Bautista said.

Meanwhile, members of the SUV club said they will continue to use their hobby and passions for community service.