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Find 52 Thousand: The Road to Reading July 3 – 7, 2017 in St. Lucia

How far would you run for a book?
Literacy is a human right. Unfortunately, books are not evenly distributed in the world for all kids to enjoy. That’s why on the last week of school in St. Lucia, thousands of students, parents and teachers are running in a 198 km running relay. They’re following a dream to create classroom libraries in every school– steps that will strengthen literacy in this country – and improve their future.

Our goal is to raise $52,000 in 5 days
Here’s our current fundraising total.

Our 90 second video tells the whole story. Pour la version français, cliquez ici.

Schools, running clubs and individuals are getting involved in fundraising. You can, too!

Find 52: Pass the Baton
Pass the Baton is a fun campaign that’s easy for schools in Guelph and other communities to get up and running! As part of Track & Field day or a stand-alone event, students toss a Toonie in our Really Big Running Shoe and put their names in batons St. Lucian kids will be carrying during their July relay.

Find 52: Running Clubs
Here’s a way you and your running club can convert that love of running into reading and make literacy count for thousands of kids in the developing world.

Find 52: Robin’s Runners
Robin Todd is an English teacher in Guelph with a passion for reading and running. She’s run Boston three times and is currently ranked Top Ten in her age category for Canadian Women’s Half Marathon.

Find 52: Friends of Albert Klein
Albert is Richard’s trainer and coach. He’s decided to run with Richard. And, as his supporters prove: his campaign’s really shaping up!

Find 52 Thousand: The Road to Reading National Relay
Literacy is a road that connects people and communities to new possibilities.
When you go the extra mile, anything is possible. And that’s the point of Find 52 Thousand. This is the campaign for general support.


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.

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
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
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
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.