Find 52 Thousand
THE ROAD TO READING NATIONAL RELAY
July 3 – 7, 2017.
Start some kind word on its travels.
There is no telling where the good it may do will stop.
SIR WILFRED GRENFELL
Humanitarian, Medical Missionary (1865−1940)
Literacy is a road that connects people and communities to new possibilities.
Find 52 Thousand is a running relay of 198KM that shows anything is possible when you go the extra mile. Anthony is one of St. Lucia’s 20,000 students who will each run a 2KM segment. The distance, equivalent to 4.5 marathons, will take 5 days to complete. Through reading, children develop critical thinking skills that empower individuals to succeed and ultimately improve St. Lucia’s economic future.
Leaders and Readers.
The relay will pass through every city, town and village in St. Lucia from Monday, July 3 to Friday, July 7. Relay teams follow leaders like St. Lucian Olympians Zepherinus Joseph (Athens 2004) and Verneta Lesforis (Sydney 2000). Zepherinus is now a policeman while Verneta is head of Physical Education curriculum for all schools in St. Lucia.
Best foot forward.
Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy will start the relay in Soufrière. Throughout the relay, Royal St. Lucia Police will provide road safety and traffic management. District Education Officers and school staff will assemble students by school, day and time according to a plan distributed earlier this year. Medical support through St. John’s Ambulance, communications and bottled water will also be provided. All participants will receive a commemorative map detailing the relay route.
Inspiring action, sustaining change.
To better explain the social and personal skills that literacy makes possible, Dr. Gale Rigobert, Minister of Education, has identified four priorities : “Education”; “Innovation”; “Sustainability”; and “Gender Relations”. Each day of the relay will be dedicated to these themes.
We’ve asked St. Lucians for support. And they’ve responded.
Each participant and volunteer has pledged to donate the equivalent of a Canadian “Toonie”. The relay goal is $52,000. St. Lucia’s service clubs and business community have been challenged to match this target. St. Lucia fundraising efforts are being directed by Michael Willius, former St. Lucia Consul General to Canada and local business leader.
We’re asking Olympians to get involved.
You know so well what it takes to set and reach higher goals. Your encouragement will amplify public awareness of the campaign. Make a donation now. And cheer for the children during the relay on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
Students in other parts of the world will be helping, too.
During school track & field events in May and June 2017, schools in Ontario have been invited to join Find 52: Pass the Baton to support their peers in St. Lucia. They’ll sign a “Good Luck Runners!” sheet and donate a Toonie ($2 coin). These greetings will be rolled into batons and given to St. Lucia runners during the relay.
It’s a cause worth celebrating.
Plans are underway for a mass school choir presentation at Government House under the direction of Priscilla Lucien on Saturday, July 8, 2017.
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