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Charity golf buys eco-stoves for Guatemala

August 11, 2016 1:21 P.M.
Eco-stove in use in Guatemalan kitchen. (Developing World Connections)

Golfers are invited to get their game on for a great cause at the annual Developing World Connections-Home Hardware charity golf tournament in Kamloops.

This is the ninth year for this major fundraising event, being held on Thursday, Sept. 8, at Sun Rivers Golf Resort. 

The focus is DWC’s Light Up Guatemala program that puts fuel-efficient eco-stoves into the homes of families living below the poverty line. This year, DWC will have an eco-stove prototype on site at the tournament so supporters can see what their donations are buying.

Rural Guatemalan families rely on gathering or buying wood to fuel their open cooking fires in their homes. The smoke from those fires causes all kinds of serious health problems for all family members, from infants to seniors. Light Up Guatemala is a program that puts eco-stoves into those homes – stoves that burn far less wood fuel and vent that harmful smoke outside.

The stoves cost $250 each – an amount that’s small by Canadian standards, but unaffordable for many Guatemalan families.

Cooking fire smoke causes respiratory illnesses that kill at least two million people worldwide every year while gleaning for fuel contributes to deforestation. Eco-stoves reduce the amount of fuel needed by almost 70 per cent.

The golf tournament its usual mix of fun, food and fantastic people, including 18 holes of golf, cart rental, prizes and banquet. The cost is $175 per person and golfers should sign up soon as space is limited.

It’s easy to get involved. Just go to or contact tournament co-ordinator Shellie Franklin at 250-319-2236 or email her at

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