Watoto Canada

Watoto Father's Day Golf Challenge

Support Pastor John Burns of Relate Church as he attempts to complete 200 holes of golf in 24 hours to support Watoto!

Long-term friend and partner of Watoto, John Burns, pastor of Relate Church in Vancouver, Canada, loves golf and for the past five years has enjoyed participating in various golf events to raise funds for valuable causes. This year, he wants to go over the top in the challenge of his life!
Teeing off at 8:30PM on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2015, and playing until 8:30PM on Monday, June 22nd, father and grandfather, 62 year-old John will attempt to golf 200 holes or more, in 24 hours. He will be golfing a very hilly course (3400 ft of elevation change/18 holes) and will be running while carrying his own clubs and using glow in the dark golf balls.

Pastor Burns is golfing to support Watoto, a non-profit organization in East Africa looking after orphaned children and vulnerable women. To date, Watoto has provided holistic care for over 4,000 orphaned and vulnerable children (about 3,000 in current care.) This includes over 1,000 babies rescued from dire circumstances, as well as former child soldiers and those born to rebel leaders during the civil war. Some of these individuals have already gone on to become lawyers, teachers, computer scientists, journalists, farmers, doctors, and are impacting society positively as a result. Through Watoto’s Living Hope initiative, dignity has been restored to over 3,000 vulnerable women, who have been empowered with literacy, business and practical skills. Their children, more than 15,000 boys and girls, now have a better chance at a future.
The key aim of Watoto is to rescue vulnerable women and children, raise each one as productive citizens in their chosen profession, and empower them to help rebuild their nation.

To raise $500,000 in support of John Burns taking on the Golf Challenge to raise funds for Watoto! All funds raised will benefit orphaned children and vulnerable women in Africa.  Please complete the form at the bottom of this page to be a part of this exciting challenge.

How You Can Help:

1. Pray for Pastor Burns as he takes on this challenging event.  It may sound like fun, golfing for 24 hours, but it will be both physically and mentally grueling and he would appreciate your prayers for good weather, good health, and physical and mental endurance.

2. Pray for Watoto and the orphaned and vulnerable babies, children and women in their care.

3. Support Watoto through Pastor Burns Golf Challenge.  You can support John as an individual, family, business, church group, etc.  Determine the level at which you wish to support and make a donation now by completing the form below.  Then let your friends know about it and ask them to make a donation as well.  Every gift, no matter how big or small, makes a difference in the lives of orphaned and abandoned children and vulnerable women of Uganda! Please note that tax receipts for donations are available.

4. Follow along starting Sunday, June 21st at 8:30pm through Monday, June 22nd at 8:30pm as live updates about how many holes John has golfed as well as some great pictures and videos will be posted on instagram #WatotoGolfChallege at intervals throughout the 24-hour Golf Challenge period.

5. Come play one or more rounds of golf at Peace Portal Golf Course in Surrey, BC while John's golf challenge is in full swing on Monday, June 22nd. You may catch a glimpse of him while you play! For details about public golf rates for Peace Portal Golf Course, please visit their website at http://www.peaceportalgolf.com/.

6. Organize your own challenge: If you would like to organize something similar to what John is doing to raise funds for Watoto, please contact our office at (toll free) 1-866-9WATOTO or canada@watoto.com for details.


As a thank you for your generous support, Watoto would like to send you a gift of recognition! Please see the details below:

$250+ donation - Nike Golf Hat with Watoto Logo 

$500+ donation - Nike Golf Polo with Watoto Logo 

$1,000+ donation - Nike Golf Wind Proof and Water Resistant Jacket with Watoto Logo 

$2,000+ donation - One Nike Golf Apparel set (Hat, Polo, and Jacket) with Watoto Logo 

$4,000+ donation - Two Nike Golf Apparel Sets (Hat, Polo, Jacket) with Watoto Logo 


To make your donation today, CLICK HERE

Blessings from your friends at Watoto!

Written by Watoto Canada — June 05, 2015