Find 52: Grenada
WORD IS GETTING AROUND
In 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 has gone to our charity. Read on for the details or watch the CTV National news story that ran on May 25, 2015.
Literacy is a lifelong journey – a “road to reading.” We realized if we could make that metaphor a real place maybe there was a way to put donors in the shoes of those in the Caribbean. Grabbing a map of Grenada, we examined the two lane highway that threads though the country. It’s what everyone depends on, especially kids going to school. We measured it: 52 miles. Getting 52 people to run the route might be challenging but if one person did all the running maybe we could find 52 literary advocates or “Captains.” I volunteered to strap on some shoes while the two of us made a long list of friends and families. Soon, we found 52 people of different backgrounds but a common belief in the power of words. Invariably, our Captains reported being read to as kids; most recalled their favourite story. Several went so far as to say reading gave them a sense of mastery over their vision of their future. Most importantly, they all volunteered to find 52 more people to contribute.
After creating a campaign website and a series of small, provocative messages on the foundation’s FaceBook page we did the math. If we could get 193 people per mile to contribute $52, the result would be $520,000 – enough to support all programs in four countries for five years. On Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7, I ran the entire island. As far as I know no one has ever done that. I am running 104 miles on January 15, 2016 in St. Lucia.
I ran Grenada in 11 hours 45 minutes on Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7, 2015. But the road to reading goes on to St. Lucia next year. On Friday, January 15, 2016 I’ll run a complete circuit of that island on roads and through the rainforest – 104 miles over three days.
Running is the easy part. Finding $52 is a little harder. I hope you’ll consider making a donation and become part of a great story.