Find 52: Track and Field Teams


Like young readers, you strive to reach higher ambitions. Your support is also one for the books. During Track & Field season, we’re inviting athletes and coaches to join our Find 52: Track and Field Teams campaign. We know local clubs and school teams will, quite literally, go the distance and raise $2000.00.

The key to life is running and reading. Why running? When you’re running, there’s a little person that talks to you and says, Oh I’m tired. My lung’s about to pop. I’m so hurt. I’m so tired. There’s no way I can possibly continue.’ You want to quit. If you learn how to defeat that person when you’re running you will learn how to not quit when things get hard in your life. Running! The first key to life.
WILL SMITH Actor The Key to Life (2005)

I run because it’s so symbolic of life. You have to drive yourself to overcome the obstacles. You might feel like you can’t. But then you find your inner strength, and realize you’re capable of so much more than you thought.
ARTHUR BLANK Co-Founder Home Depot, owner of the NFL Atlanta Falcons

Our literacy work directly benefits over 80,000 students. In St. Lucia, Grenada, Montserrat, and Nevis, we’re rebuilding school libraries. And every year, we bring Canadian children’s book authors and illustrators to meet their fans at our annual Rainforest of Reading Festivals.

Words have enormous value. In fact, if 800 athletes, coaches and spectators each toss a Toonie into our Really Big Shoe at your track event or regular training session, you’ll be helping us meet our financial target. In a world that is sometimes defeating, training your brain and imagining a new story may be the one essential tool for children in developing countries.

Thanks to the athletes who’ve participated in our Find 52 campaign:

Eric Gillis Canadian Olympian Men’s Marathon Rio 2016
Jake Holden Canadian Olympian Snowcross Sochi 2014
Verneta Lesforis St. Lucia Olympian 800m Sydney 2000
Zepherinus Joseph St. Lucia Olympian Men’s Marathon Athens 2004
Kurvin Wallace St. Kitts & Nevis Olympian 200m Atlanta 1996

In Words & Pictures

Find 52 Participants
GCVI Gaels Relays Track & Field May 8, 2018 at U of Guelph Alumni Stadium
École Élémentaire Catholique St-René Goupil June 13, 2018 at ESC Père René de Galinée, Cambridge


Find 52: Track and Field Teams


raised of $1,600 goal

Campaign concluded on Sun, June 30 2019


% raised

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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
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
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