Funds Raised through the BMO Marathon Team!

Team Child of Mine competed on May 5 to raise funds for the new boy’s dormitory at one of the homes in India. A total of 23 runners and walkers were entered in either the 8Km, 21Km or 42Km race. The team had been training since January and were welcomed with perfect temperatures as they traversed Vancouver streets and Stanley Park. They came from Willow Park Church in Kelowna, Willingdon Church in Burnaby and Mike Gunn came all the way from India! 

The journey from start to finish resulted in some sore muscles but also much satisfaction in being part of a project which will have a lasting impact long into the future. And there are life lessons to be learned from pushing beyond what you think you can do. All competitors dug deep to find an extra bit of strength and endurance on race day and also during the cold and snowy training days.

Each team member challenged friends and family to be a part of the project by donating to the dormitory construction. A total of $35,000 has been raised this year! Thanks be to God and all those who gave from their hearts because they want to make a difference in India.

- Al Gillespie


Getting ready for the BMO Fundraiser


 I have been a runner for many years and love being physically fit. Recently, I have found this discipline works well with my desire to help and encourage others. The Boys Dormitory Project provides much needed accommodation and is a very real and practical way to improve young lives. As I guide our team along a journey to the finish line, I can see that it gives them confidence to go beyond what they thought was possible. The individual activity of running becomes a team effort with a common goal. Together our small steps can make a world of difference in the lives of these children in northern India.

Al Gillespie


I’m a beginner recreational walker in support of the vision to construct a boys dormitory in northern India. As a team we enjoy the benefits of friendship and better health as we join Child of Mine to provide a new home for these children. I have found it to be personally invigorating and inspiring to help in this way.

Maryann M.