Ted’s Run for Literacy was established in 2010 following the death of Ted Swain on May 3rd, 2009. Ted was a passionate teacher of English at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg. He was also a dedicated running coach who nurtured hundreds of novice runners. Ted is remembered fondly by the running community with whom he identified to his last step. To date, Ted’s Run for Literacy has raised many tens of thousands of dollars to help break the cycle of childhood poverty. We are indeed, the little race that could. 

header_03Proceeds generated from Ted’s Run for Literacy supports CanU.  CanU, the University of Can, embraces the rich diversity and sees the great potential of Winnipeg’s youth. CanU provides hundreds of kids with remarkable opportunities for learning and leadership. Can U is an after school program that inspires hope and confidence in Winnipeg children.  The “big ideas” of CanU are: Literacy, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Mentorship, and Hope & Confidence.

CanU director Roger Berrington says “When we open the door to possibility, the ‘impossible’ disappears”.

CanU’s Vision aligns seamlessly with TRL’s beliefs and we are proud of our association.

Proceeds from Ted’s Run for Literacy  will be used to help purchase:

  • New athletic shoes for the child participants. Currently CanU depends on donated used shoes for students to “borrow”. Shoes are always in short supply and are generally beat up. And hey, let’s face it, is there any better way to feel good about yourself than slipping on a new pair of kicks?
  • Kits for the child participants. The kit includes an athletic shirt, athletic shorts, laundry bag, and other items. The kit is a great source of pride for the students and helps build community. The best news? They get to keep the kit bag upon graduation from the program!



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