Find 52 Thousand

July 3 – 7, 2017.

The world runs on literacy

Over a 1,000 students endured 40° heat and ran segments of a 198 k circle of St. Lucia with Richard Clewes and his crew of volunteer runners. The 5 day journey was a fundraiser for OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation’s Rainforest of Reading” annual festivals. From city pavement to country trails, up and down steep terrain and occasional flat stretches, the road to reading lifted small citizens with big dreams to someday run” St. Lucia. Richard, Sonya and filmmakers Jason Lupish and Eric Sherwood posted a few daily picts to give you a flavour of the event. Here’s how we’re doing fundraising-wise.


After all is said and run

OneWorld Schoolhouse gratefully acknowledges The Slaight Family Foundation. They shared our vision of the event; without Gary and his family’s participation Find 52 Thousand would not have been possible.

To Eric Gillis, Canadian Olympian, whose school visits in Guelph inspired kids to run Find 52: Pass the Baton events, thanks for giving of yourself.

To Robin Todd and Luc Renaud, superb runners and exceptional educators.

To Albert Klein, who ran every step of the way and still found time to keep Richard running, thanks for your compassion – and knowledge of human anatomy.

To Catherine Goulet-Paradis, who masterfully managed hundreds of excited St. Lucian runners, thanks for your unfailing good humour in English et en français.

To Jason Lupish and Erica Sherwood for extraordinary footage of the big picture and capturing a great story, thanks for your indispensable skills.

To Zepherinus (“Knockay”) Joseph and Marinus (“Skelly”) Stephens, for your big hearts and unbreakable spirit.

To Dr. Verneta Lesforis, an Olympic sprinter who went to ultramarathon lengths organizing PE teachers and over 75 schools. Thank-you.

To Nigel Simon and his tremendous transport team who moved mountains. Merçi beaucoup. En aller!

To Commissioner Moncherry, Royal St. Lucia Police Force: Marcus George, Ali Winters, Irwin Mason, Barry Black and Felix Cools kept all of us safe and entertained.

To Mrs. Gaillard and her St. Lucia Red Cross Society staff, including MacIver and Ritsuko Kamizawa: thank-you.

To Pris Lucien, the Maestro. Your choir soared as we listened in awe. Congratulations to 70 children from Vieux Fort and Micoud for their moving performance.

To Flow St. Lucia for their financial and logistic support, thanks Anselm Mathurin, Terry Finisterre and Shermalyn Sidonie-John.

To Blue Waters St. Lucia for quenching thirsts and cooling heads, a toast to Aida Azaire.

To Her Excellency, Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of St. Lucia: thanks to you and your able staff, Adelina Alexander and Solange Charles-Bélizaire, for making us feel at home in your home.

Above all and always, our thanks to leonise François who routinely makes the impossible happen, and persuades everyone she meets to help her do it, too.

International Literacy Day 2016
Soufrière Primary ran a relay on September 8, 2016 to celebrate reading. The event was filmed as part of the "run-up" to our Find 52 Thousand campaign. From July 3-7, 2017, students from grade 3-12 will run 1 mile segments right around St. Lucia.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

Albert Einstein
Finding the way for Fundraising
Olympian Jake Holden and Richard Clewes survey the route for Find 52x2 St. Lucia in January 2016. The duo were joined by St. Lucian Olympic athletes and members of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force.

A road is a song, a poem, a movie, an adventure. It's hope and optimism, and inquisitiveness.

The Angry Isle
Find 52 started in Grenada
52 miles gets you right around this small, beautiful island. Companions on the second day included: Philip Clift from Petite Anse Hotel, an enthusiastic young boy and one very fit dog named "Dodgy".

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.

Fundraising is an Uphill Battle
In 2015, I ran 52 miles in Grenada. Let me dismiss athletic motives; it so happens 52 miles gets you all the way around the island. I did it for money – $40,000 – all of which has gone to our charity. CTV National news ran the story on May 25, 2015.

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.

James Thurber
Soirée en Blanc
A few years ago we ran a fun picnic that had 50-100 "flash mob" diners assemble in a secret Caledon location. The "Soiree en Blanc" fundraiser is being revived in St. Lucia, July 2017.

Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.