SAINT LUCIA July 3, 4 & 5, 2018

Sponsored by OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation

Sonya White, Richard Clewes, Jennifer MacLeod, Albert Klein, Robin Todd and Luc Renaud jumped into the event and put themselves in the shoes of others.

Their fundraising campaigns make it possible for OneWorld Schoolhouse to purchase class sets of books by Canadian authors and illustrators for over 8,000 students in Saint Lucia and to bring book creators from Canada to the annual Rainforest of Reading Festival.

Special thanks
A generous gift from Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association just arrived and put a bounce in all our steps! Thank you Yvonne Runstedler and Kelli Somers; you went above and beyond to help St. Lucia teachers and their students.

Nobody runs fundraising events like Centennial CVI and EEC Saint-René-Goupil in Guelph. We are so grateful to the staff and students of these schools for their continued efforts. Your leadership is inspirational!

Put yourself in their shoes. And a few toonies, too.
Each day of the run we tweet send Instagram posts to thank our donors and give Canadians a sense of what books have come to mean to kids in Saint Lucia. We hope you’ll support literacy in this part of the developing world through CanadaHelps.

The event may be over for this year, but the road goes ever on!
Sonya & Richard

Today’s Fundraising Total: $20,273

Whether you live for running or love to read, we hope you’ll jump in and support one of six volunteer campaigns!
Here are the fundraising totals as of 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

SAINTE LUCIE 2018 soit du 3 au 5 juillet

Commanditaire principal : OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation

Les écoles et les clubs de course de l’Ontario prennent des mesures importantes pour améliorer l’alphabétisation dans les pays en développement.

L’année dernière, plus de 1 000 élèves de Sainte-Lucie ont organisé un circuit de relais de leur nation insulaire. Entre-temps, en Ontario, École élémentaire catholique René-Goupil et Centennial CVI de Guelph, l’école secondaire Haliburton Highlands et plusieurs écoles élémentaires se sont jointes à la course en Ontario en organisant des événements qui leur étaient propres. Ils ont réussi à amasser plus de 10 000 $. Combinée aux dons de particuliers et de commanditaires, notre campagne a permis de recueillir une somme remarquable de 52 000 $.

Courir dans des cercles a si bien marché que nous avons décidé de recommencer cette année. Pourquoi ne pas vous joindre à nous, que vous soyez une école ou que vous aimiez simplement courir?


The school campaign is called: Find 52: Pass the Baton” and it takes place between March Break and the end of the school year. Here’s all the info you need to get your school up and running!!


We’re looking for Rabbits and Turtles for Find 52: The Road to Reading in Saint Lucia from July 3 – 5, 2018. Daily distances: marathon, half-marathon, 10K and 5K. Here’s a trip brochure to tempt you!


Find 52 Thousand increases awareness of and funds for book drives in Ontario schools and the Rainforest of Reading” festival that brings Canadian authors and illustrators to meet over 11,000 students annually in St. Lucia. In 2017, the relay raised $52,000!

Literacy development helps all of us to imagine a better future for our ourselves and our communities. Putting yourself in another person’s shoes can make a world of difference Make a donation at Canada​Helps​.org.


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 Michele Shapiera and the students of Halibuton Highlands Secondary. Your extraordinary generosity showed us the way.

To Lisa Richards and Brad Hulme at Magic 106.7 for a very sound plan”. You engaged Guelph’s students in Find52 runs of their own.

To Eric Coffey, Richard Ponsonby for amazing shoemaking skill and Rick Thurston who weaves the web beautifully.

To Stéphane Dovert, Cultural Attaché, Embassy of France, who’s offered the idea of relay segments in Martinique in 2018 and has agreed to run with us next year. Nous vous remerçions beaucoup!

To HRH Prince Harry who listened politely to the idea of a Royal Jog” but wisely told Richard he’d retired from running.” Maybe next year?

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

To Olympic sprinter Dr. Verneta Lesforis, who went a lot farther than 800 metres organizing PE teachers and over 75 schools to participate in Find 52 Thousand. You own the podium.

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

To Commissioner Moncherry, Royal St. Lucia Police Force especially Marcus George, Ali Winters, Irwin Mason, Blackberry” and Felix Cools who kept 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.

Fundraising is an Uphill Battle
In January 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 went to OneWorld Schoolhouse. CTV National news ran the story on May 25, 2015 and so began Find 52.

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 52 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.

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 first Find 52 Thousand campaign in 2017. Over 1,000 students from grade 3-12 ran 1 mile segments right around St. Lucia.

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

Albert Einstein