I am not a runner. I never have been.

Yep, that was me.

Do you remember that kid, the one back in middle school who, every time the class was told to run a few laps of the track or to head out across country – that one kid who fell right to the back of the pack, who pulled up with a stitch in the side, who was panting like a dog?

That kid was me.

To this day, though I enjoy being active, I probably would not choose running as an enjoyable activity. I’ve heard of people who derive a great deal of pleasure from running. I have heard of what is called a “runner’s high,” but I can’t say I have ever experienced it. Nevertheless, I am planning to run 10 km this fall.

Why am I running?

The Event

I am running because the Rev. Jeff Veenstra Memorial Walk-a-thon in support of Presbyterian World Service and Development (Better known as the Jeff-a-thon will be held on Sunday October 16, 2016 at Crieff Hills Community in Puslinch, ON,

The Man and his Passion for a Better World

I am running because this event is being held in memory of a really extraordinary man and (though I didn’t know him for long) a good friend. There were many great things about Jeff Veenstra, but one of them was definitely the great passion he had to build a better world. He believed in the work of Presbyterian World Service and Development and was committed to their dream of a world where justice, sustainable development and hope could thrive. His passion for the work inspires me to do what I can to support it.

The Cause

The particular cause that the Jeff-a-thon will support is a Child and Maternal Health project in Malawi and Afghanistan.

Read more about the initiative HERE

I am very excited to be supporting such a project because it is with mothers and their children that the creation of a better world can begin, especially in such parts of the world where women, in particular, have so much going against them. This is a project that will demonstrably make a difference in tangible ways and help to build a much better future. What’s more, the project is also supported by the Canadian Government which means that many donations will be matched by the government, effectively doubling our impact.

So here is what I’m going to do

I’m going to run.

I will run in the Jeff-a-thon on October 16. I have a lot of work to do before I can manage to run for 10 km. My body will have to learn a lot about strength and endurance. Maybe I’ll even discover what a runner’s high is between now and then. But I want to do it so I am going to work towards that goal.

And here is what (I hope) you’re going to do

Well, first of all, you can run or walk too. Everyone is more than welcome to participate in the Jeff-a-thon. For information on how to sign up, look HERE.

Secondly, whether you participate yourself or not, you’re going to sponsor my run, aren’t you? You’re going to sponsor it because chances to do so much good for the world so easily don’t come around that often, do they? You’re going to sponsor me because you want to find out if I can run 10 km too, don’t you?

How are you going to do it?

Well, if I’m going to see you between now and next October, I’ll have a sponsorship sheet with me and you can sign up with me when I see you. Donations of $20 or more will be receipted on request.
If I’m not going to see you face to face, though, you are not out of luck. Just follow this link:
Select “Jeff-a-thon: Scott McAndless” from the drop-down box, fill in your amount and credit card information and your are done. Canada Helps will take care of receipts and everything. It is so easy you could do it right now. In fact, why don’t you just go ahead and do it. I’ll wait.
Hi, welcome back. Wasn’t that easy?
Thanks so much for your support!