Literacy is a road that connects people and communities to new possibilities. Every year in St. Lucia we hold a 198 km relay around the island to give kids a chance to write a new page in their lives. We welcome Ontario schools to run relays of their own to support the right to read no matter where a child lives! Here’s how your school can get involved! We invite running clubs to join us and individuals to consider coming to Saint Lucia and doing all or part of the three-day relay. As always, we welcome individual donations, too.
YEAR ONE: FEBRUARY 6 & 7, 2015 IN GRENADA.
Find 52 started in Grenada where it so happens 52 miles gets you all the way the island.
After driving to schools delivering books, Richard Clewes wondered if he could run all of Grenada – a distance equivalent to two marathons. Thanks to extraordinary training by friend Renée Holden, Richard was able to answer the question in the affirmative. Fifty-two people acting as a “mile captains” raised $40,000. Here’s the full story from Canadian Running magazine and CTV National News.
YEAR TWO: JANUARY 15 – 18, 2016 IN ST. LUCIA.
A new island and double the distance!
After Grenada, Richard persuaded Jake Holden, a Canadian Snowcross Olympian, to join him in St. Lucia. Here’s the full story from Canadian Running magazine and a set of :52 second videos of the experience.
YEAR THREE: JULY 3 – 7, 2017 IN ST. LUCIA.
We take a giant step: students start a national relay.
Thanks to St. Lucia Olympians Verneta Lesforis and Zepherinus Joseph, we were able to invite schools to join the 2017 run. The run netted $52,000 to purchase books for Rainforest of Reading and school libraries. It also inspired educators in Ontario like Robin Todd in Guelph and Michele Shapiera in Haliburton Highlands to get schools to hold their own relays. Enrol your school here.