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.


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.


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.


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.


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
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 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