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Martial arts for charity

A local man is using mixed martial arts in the fight to raise money for charity.

Dave Korzinski, 29, founded Fight for Something, a charitable organization that uses mixed martial arts and athletes to raise money and awareness for various causes.

They sell clothing and donate a portion of the proceeds of every item to a different cause each month. 

Donations can be tracked on their website, so contributors will know where their money is going. 

"The idea came from teaching in Guatemala with UBC in 2009," said Korzinski. "I was teaching my friends just for something to do, then local kids took an interest."

Now he sponsors minor athletes with money from clothing sales and occasionally out of his own pocket - donating the rest to charity.

"We sell t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops - we're always building products and we use the money for various causes," he said. "At least $2.50 from every item is donated." 

Some causes include the BC Children's Hospital, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada and setting up micro-loans through Kiva. 

Micro loans through Kiva can be as low as $25 and help low-income people across the globe get access to money they need for basics like fertilizers for their farms or refrigeration for their businesses. 

Fight for Something was established in 2009, but had its first event last year. This year they hope to continue growing, bringing in more athletes and raising more money for charity, with the dream of one day becoming big enough to be a registered non-profit.

"Becoming a non-profit has several steps including having a board," he said.

"Right now, it's just me. I don't make any money on it and in fact, I currently lose some money on it, but that's a part of growing."

Fight for Something will be at the South Okanagan Events Centre June 28 for the Western Canadian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships.

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