It has been three weeks since Volcán de Fuego erupted just outside Antigua, Guatemala, killing over 110 people with some 200+ still unaccounted for. In total, the devastation wrought by Volcán de Fuego is expected to affect 1.7 million people, many of whom are coffee farmers. In an effort to assist those in this time of need, New York’s Joe Coffee Company has teamed up with Counter Culture to host a throwdown this Thursday, June 28th, with all the proceeds going to relief efforts.
Taking place at Counter Culture’s NYC Training Lab, all funds raised at the TNT will be given to Funcafé, the Foundation of Coffee for Rural Development. According to their website, Funcafé will use these funds to buy “unprocessed food, water, toilet paper, diapers, clothes and shoes, blankets, personal hygiene products, medicine and more” to distribute to those impacted by the eruption.
For those looking to throw down, the entry fee to compete is $10, and Joe Coffee and Counter Culture are asking a $10 suggested donation for those who just want to come hang (but you may as well compete and see if you can win some of the prizes the two coffee companies have in store). And for anyone not in the NYC area that would still like to help relief efforts, Funcafé is taking direct donations via credit card or Paypal.
The Joe Coffee Company and Counter Culture throwdown gets going at 6:30pm for sign-ups, with the competition beginning promptly at 7:00pm. For more information, visit the Throwdown for Guatemala Facebook event page.
Zac Cadwalader is the news editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.
All images via Joe Coffee Company.