You’ve probably heard or read the name John McGurk in connection with charity runs, fundraising or charity events for needy children around the world.
Do you want to know more about the man [Link zu 3. „Zur Person“] who, in his traditional Scottish kilt, always turns heads at all sorts of charity events? Maybe you’d like to know what drives me and motivates me – and my goal?
You’ve come to the right place!
Through this website, I’d like to offer you some personal insights into my life – into both my past and my present. Naturally, I’m also hoping to pique your interest in my book “Aufstehen, Kilt richten, weiterkämpfen” (English: “Stand up straighten yer kilt and keep on fighting”)
A few years later: I’d joined the British Army and was alternately stationed in the UK and left the army in Germany. I had hit rock bottom in every way. I had no plan and no hope for my future I was a physically and mentally ill.
At a moment where my life seemed to hang on a thread, when I was literally and figuratively in the gutter. I laid unconscious in my one bedroomed flat in northern Germany
I had a dream. Others might call it a vision or revelation. Back then, I was anything but religious, but I nonetheless dreamt that the Virgin Mary appeared to me and said, "John, God has given you a strong heart. He has got almighty plans for you to do"
It took me a long time before I was able to process this situation. Nevertheless, in hindsight, this was the crucial moment when my life turned around and took a new direction. I realised that even though I never had a childhood that I had to give something back to the world. To show this world that the deprived children, like me, are also capable of achieving their goals. I knew I would receive something essential in return – meaning, dignity and perhaps even a mission.
Thanks to support from numerous friends and acquaintances, success came slowly but surely. It wasn't just the children who were to thrust into the limelight; so too was this peculiar Scotsman, who always ran in his trademark, the Scottish kilt. One of many milestones on this extraordinary journey was the founding of Sportler 4 a childrens world e. V. 2008. Since then, I have frequently been given space to share my personal story at all sorts of sporting events and charity events, at talks, roundtable discussions and other public appearances in many different countries around this beautiful world – and to spread hope! In my current role too, running fundraising and charity projects at my new job at Osnabrück Zoo, I’m always very happy to talk about it.
On many of these occasions, I also like to talk about two other dreams – or visions – that opened my eyes and made me receptive to the possibility of other missions.
Nowadays, some people see me as an inspirational figure, someone who demonstrates how you can turn your life around for the better, even in the face of adversity.
And as long as I can, one way or another, I’ll keep on running. The pace may be gradually becoming a little bit harder as one is getting older, but for the deprived children, as long as I live, I’ll keep on going!
Children deserve to be loved and protected. Period. That, perhaps, is the core message at the heart of my book “Aufstehen, Kilt richten, weiterkämpfen”, which I wrote to draw attention to children’s needs and problems. In the book I write mostly about myself. About my fears and life experiences, but also about my road to finding myself – and a world filled with hope.
Come with me on a journey through time to my childhood in a Glasgow ghetto, and learn how I found my purpose in life in Germany. I promise you an exciting journey which will leave you deeply and emotionally touched. And perhaps even inspire you. That’s my hope for you and for my mission.
100% of all donations I collect at charity runs, galas and other events (there are no deductions for administrative expenses, etc.) go to the nominated charity.
I have had the honour of receiving the one or another award for my fundraising. I value every one of them as a token of appreciation, not just for me, but above all for my cause!
Taking action for children and for a dignified existence in an unspoilt natural environment is – alongside my family – an essential part of my purpose in life. That’s why I accept as many invitations as I can to shine a light on campaigns and initiatives which set a real example and to support dedicated fellow human beings who are pursuing the same goal. Whether it’s at a charity run or through a talk, etc., there are many ways of spreading a positive message!
If you’ve got an idea for a relevant charity campaign and would like me to join you as an inspirational figure, please email me. I will get back to you as quickly as possible to arrange everything with you. In urgent cases, you are welcome to contact me by telephone.