Friday, June 25, 2010

Mercy Ironman Raises Big Bucks for Mercy Ministries in Canada

So many people told John Burns, Pastor of Relate Church in Canada, that it could not be done, but he would have none of it! Not too many people train for a solid year and commit to do 100 holes of golf in one single day, which also means running over 27 miles between holes since no golf cart or caddy was used. The truth is, this would be a feat for a professional athlete in his prime, yet John Burns, a man in his early 50’s, accomplished this challenge on Monday.

You can see John in action in the pictures! Driven by a deep passion to see young women set free of eating disorders, addictions, self-harm and the like (which began years ago with his own daughter who struggled for years and successfully overcame an eating disorder), John put his own body on the line to raise money for a cause he so deeply believes in. John’s vision was to get people to pledge the amount of money of their choosing for each hole with all contributions going to the establishment of Mercy Ministries in Canada.

Years ago, Nancy Alcorn met John and his lovely wife Helen, who are no doubt some of the most wonderful people that have ever hit the face of the earth. It is our joy to partner with John and Helen to bring Mercy Ministries to Canada. That home is only a few days away from taking in the young girls who have patiently waited and are desperately in need. Seven years ago John, Helen and Nancy began this journey together, and today we are coming together to celebrate the hard work of many people who have joined forces to make this possible. Well done, John and Helen Burns for the excellence in which you have brought this home into being!

By the way, for those of you who are reading this and are in awe yourself of John Burn’s incredible feat, it is not too late for you to make a pledge after the fact. You can do so by clicking here to give online. You simply need to designate your donation to “Golf-A-Thon.” This is the best way you can thank John Burns for a job well done.

Many people attended the Golf-A-Thon to cheer on John