Pastor to golf 24 hours straight — all through the night — to raise money for charity

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SURREY –(CANADIAN CHRISTIAN NEWS SERVICE) — This Sunday, June 21, Pastor John Burns of Relate Church in Surrey, B.C. will tee-off on White Rock’s Peace Portal golf course. He will spend Father’s Day — and beyond — attempting to golf for 24 hours to raise money and support for two charities: Mercy Ministries of Canada and Watoto Childcare Ministries International.

Burns hopes to raise $1 million. He will try for 200 holes of golf – double the 100 holes that he played over a day in previous years when he has raised money for charities in the past.

“I will tee off at 8:30pm Sunday evening, carrying my own clubs, and will attempt to run and play as many holes of golf as I can in 24 hours,” explains Burns. “I will play through the night using golf balls that light up and wearing a head lamp. I’m expecting to run about 65 miles while climbing the equivalent of 400 flights of stairs and stopping some 1000 times to swing a golf club to hit my ball. I am asking people to sponsor me per hole, or hour, or for the total event.”

Mercy Ministries of Canada is a free Christian residential program for women aged 19 – 28 dealing with life-controlling issues such as self-harm, eating disorders, sexual abuse, unplanned pregnancies and addictions.

Watoto Childcare Ministries is a holistic-care program, initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned children and vulnerable women whose lives have been ravaged by war and disease in Uganda.

John Burns shares his vision — and his concerns about being awake for 24 hours — in this brief video.


Contact: Musu Taylor-Lewis
Phone: 604-535-1983

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