Jake Thiessen is among a number of local volunteers who have organized a golf tournament this Saturday at Orchard Greens to help combat world hunger. -Image Credit: Warren Henderson/News

Taking a swing at world hunger

Charity golf event this weekend at Orchard Greens supports Canadian Foodgrains Bank

As an engineer who travelled to many parts of the world during his working career, Jake Thiessen has witnessed firsthand the hardship caused by a shortage of food.

This Saturday, Thiessen is among a number of local volunteers who will be staging the Swing at World Hunger golf tournament at Orchard Greens.

All proceeds will go to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which provides education, resources and food to address the problem of hunger in countries around the world.

“A major part of Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s activity is in places like Africa and Asia and recently in Syria where there are so many refugees now,” said Thiessen.

“We see it as one of the better organizations that gets the money out there where it’s needed, they have a low overhead and help a lot of starving children and families with the work they do in these countries.

Founded in the 1980s, Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to help end global hunger.

For every dollar raised by the CFGB, the Canadian government provides $4 in matching funds.

The cost for the 18-hole tournament and buffet lunch is $100 per person and includes a $40 tax receipt.

There will also be a silent auction.

For tickets and information, call Jerry Klassen at 250-215-4949 or email klassenjd@hotmail.com

For more information on the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, visit cfgb@foodgrainsbank.ca

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