Pastor golfs 24 hours for charity

On 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.

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