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Find 52: St. Lucia: 2017

No matter who you are or where you live, the world runs on literacy.

From Monday, July 3 to Friday, July 7, thousands of St. Lucians – including students, parents and teachers – took enormous steps to improve their future by participating in a 198KM relay. The relay is a fundraiser benefitting literacy development in the Eastern Caribbean.

Find 52 Thousand: The Road to Reading National Relay linked St. Lucia in a rough circle. For 5 days, teams of ten students ran 1 – 4 kilometre segments under the guidance of former Olympic athlete Dr. Verneta Lesforis (Sydney Summer Games 2000). Each child carried a hollow baton containing a pledge sheet from 8 different Ontario schools. The relay was run during daylight hours and took five days to complete.

The goal of raising $52,000 to purchase books for annual Rainforest of Reading Festivals and school library development is at 90% thanks to the astonishing efforts of Ontario schools like Haliburton Highlands Secondary School who raised $5,200. The Slaight Family Foundation gave $25,000 to the campaign.

In St. Lucia on Saturday, July 8, Governor General, Dame Pearlette Louisy welcomed runners and volunteers and spoke about the secondary benefit of creating sustainable links between Ontario and St. Lucia schools to support global literacy.

For the second year in a row, Co-Executive Director, Richard Clewes, led an elite team of runners who cover every step of the route – a distance equivalent to 4.5 marathons in 5 days. Said Clewes: By increasing awareness of the need for literacy, thousands of St. Lucians, young and old, will write a new chapter in the story of their country.”

It is by acts and not ideals that people live.

Author (1844-1924)
It's a long story
Books packed by kids in Ontario for their peers in the Caribbean travel 1,800 kilometres by road then another 5,275 kilometres by container ship.

Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.

Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006)
And the Winner in Montserrat is....
Marlaina White (Left) announces the Second Annual Rainforest of Reading Award to Illustrator Jan Dolby (Middle) and Author Joyce Grant for "Gabby."

At the moment that we persuade a child, any child to cross...that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever.


Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

Philosopher, Psychologist (1842-1910)

Start some kind words on its travels. There is no telling where the good it may do will stop.

Sir Wilfred Grenfell
Humanitarian, Medical Missionary (1865-1940)

Life is too deep for words so don't try to describe it, just live it.

C. S. Lewis
Author, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

If you get the right [words] in the right order, you might nudge the world a little.

Sir Tom Stoppard

All I know is what I have words for.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The future is always beginning now. Each moment is a place you've never been.

Poet (1934-2014)
Out of this world
After reading "Postcards from Outer Space' a student in Montserrat is inspired to be the next Chris Hadfield.

Too many people grow up. That's the trouble with the world.

Challenging literacy development
Although English is the official language of St. Lucia, Krewyol is spoken as much or more outside the classroom.

I read. I travel. I become.

St. Lucian author & 1992 Nobel Laureate

A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.

Author (1810-1889)

If you believe what you can, quite literally, believe anything.

Professor, Philosopher (1912-1991)
Find 52: The Road to Reading in Grenada
In February 2015, Richard ran right around Grenada, a distance of 52 miles. 52 "Mile Captains" raised $40,000.

If we want to make this world a better place, then we have to become better ourselves. There is no easy route.


Reading brings us unknown friends.

Novelist (1799-1850)