One-of-a-kind excavator will be auctioned off at Ritchie Bros. 2020 in Orlando, Florida, with proceeds benefiting home-building nonprofits. Fans will choose organizations through Discovery Channel’s online “Give Big Giveaway.”
To celebrate the 10th season of Gold Rush on Discovery Channel and its new EC200E crawler excavator, Volvo Construction Equipment is giving the proceeds from the sale of its Gold Rush excavator — a unique machine with a $7,000 gold paint job, custom molded pads and embroidered autographed seat — to a nonprofit chosen by the public.
“Volvo CE wants to support groups that build and modify homes for families who need assistance, so they can have a safe home and a better tomorrow,” said Dave Foster, vice president, marketing and communications, Volvo Construction Equipment Americas.“ The volunteers at these organizations give their time and talents, outside of their daily jobs, because they are committed to helping others have one of the most basic human needs: a safe, comfortable place to live."
Gold Rush returns to Discovery Channel at 9 p.m. ET on Oct. 11. The Give Big Giveaway will be promoted during the show, with viewers directed to a website where they can vote for one of the following nonprofit organizations:
The Gold Rush Excavator will be auctioned at the Ritchie Bros. Auctioneer event in Orlando in February 2020. Each of the nonprofit organizations will receive a portion of the proceeds, based on number of votes.
Volvo excavators have been reliable workhorses for Gold Rush teams from the beginning. The EC200E — the same model as the golden excavator — offers a maximum digging reach of 32 feet 9 inches, a maximum digging depth of 22 feet 3 inches, and a lifting capacity of 16,138 pounds, making it ideal for the rugged work the Gold Rush teams complete each day.
The Gold Rush excavator is currently touring across Volvo CE dealerships in the U.S. and Canada. Highlights on this unique machine include a paint job with millions of bits of mirror, custom-made gold track pads, and a unique leather seat with the Discovery Channel and Gold Rush logos as well as signatures of the show’s stars.
To cast your vote in the Give Big Giveaway, go to http://www.discovery.com/GiveBig .