The City of Windsor officially proclaimed April 9 as Run For Rocky Day during the fifth and final run on April 9, 2017. While the run has come to an end, the Run For Rocky Legacy will continue for years to come including a number of events starting on April 8, 2018, and running through to the end of the month.
The inaugural Run for Rocky, the very first event of it’s kind in Ontario, and backed by tremendous community support, took place on April 13, 2013. Over five consecutive years the Campana family (Rocky’s parents Nancy and Rob, and siblings Connor and Kirsten) organized the annual Run For Rocky raising awareness and funds in support of Gay Straight Alliances in the school system as a tribute to the late Rocky Campana. At 17 years old Rocky “came out” and struggled with how the world treated gay individuals. In fact, Rocky did his best to support gay youth by talking with all students in schools about accepting others regardless of sexuality, race, religion, or financial status. Sadly at 23 years old in August of 2012, Rocky took his own life. The Run for Rocky GSA Legacy Project and Fund is a fitting tribute to this young man and his memory.
The Run For Rocky Legacy Fund helps to ensure financial aid is available for Gay Straight Alliances in high schools and post-secondary schools, to support youth, parents, and educators on diversity issues.
The Run for Rocky prides itself that less than 5% of money raised goes to operation costs. This means 95% of all money raised goes directly back into the Windsor Essex Community
This year’s Run for Rocky Day will feature several events and fundraising initiatives taking place for the day, the week and during the entire month of April.
Run For Rock Day 2018 Events
Friday Night Karma
Blossoming Lotus Yoga in LaSalle hosted Friday Night Karma Classes during the month of March, with all donations going to the Run for Rocky Legacy Project. The yoga studio will also have a R4R Karma Canister out for donations throughout the month of April.
Social Media Campaign
From April 8th through April 22nd (Rocky’s Birthdate), an online Social Media campaign will take place for those who want to donate online.
April 8: Run for Rocky Sunday Funday Beer Bus Tour
Run for Rocky Sunday Funday Beer Bus Tour with all money raised being donated to the Run for Rocky Legacy Project. Partners include Franks, Chapter Two Brewing Company, Sandwich Brewery Co and Walkerville Brewery
April 9 to April 13: Pride Flag Flies at City Hall
Pride Flag will fly at City Hall. April 9th is officially Run For Rocky Day so make it a “WEAR YOUR RAINBOW DAY!”
April 9 to April 15: Run For Rocky Restaurant Specials
A number of restaurants will feature Run for Rocky Legacy Project Food Special Features on April 9th or for the full week, with part of the proceeds of the sale of these menu items going to the Run for Rocky Legacy Fund.
Partners include Ciao Pasta Bar, O’Maggio’s Kildare House, Vito’s Pizzeria, Sugar Spoon Bake Shop, Sir Cedric’s-Windsor/LaSalle
Now through the end of April: Run For Rocky Project Karma
Many businesses will be displaying Run for Rocky Legacy Project Karma Donation Canisters in their place of business where you can drop in a donation. Partners include:
Motor City Community Credit Union, Cramdon’s Franks, Chapter Two Brewing Company, Sandwich Brewery Co and Walkerville Brewery, Ciao Pasta Bar, O’Maggio’s Kildare House, Vito’s Pizzeria, Sugar Spoon Bake Shop, Sir Cedric’s-Windsor.LaSalle, Walkerville High School, General Amherst High School, Ford Public School, Lefty’s, Rock Bottom Bar & Grill, Maryvale, Vollmer Fitness Centre, Riverside Medical Centre, Nantais Athletic Inc. Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital-Grace Campus, Family Services Windsor Essex, G.L. Heritage Brewing Company and Foot Care Institute.
April 4 to May 29: Windsor Public Library F.R.E.D Book Mobile
The Windsor Public Library F.R.E.D Book Mobile will visit Windsor area schools stocked with diversity literature and resources on mental health/wellness.
April 16: Yoga Night
Run for Rocky Legacy Yoga Night at Queen Victoria School from 7:00-8:00 pm. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.
April 20 WE Shine 2018
Run for Rocky Legacy Funds supports WE Shine 2018 Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board Faith Workshop Day.
April 24: Gender, Sexuality and Faith Forum
Run for Rocky Legacy Project and Families First present the 1st annual Gender, Sexuality and Faith Forum. A first time event which is open to all and will be held from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the University of Windsor Social Work Building in downtown Windsor. Tickets are $10 and available on Eventbrite.
This event is subsidized by the Run for Rocky Legacy Project and will explore how those who are LGBTQ or have an LGBTQ child can still maintain their faith and create welcoming places of worship, schools and homes.
April 26: Run For Rocky Run/Walk
General Amherst will host a Run for Rocky run/walk at the school at 11:45 am. There is a minimum of $5 pledge/student. Parents are welcome to attend. There will be free food and music for participants.
May 1: Memorial Scholarship Deadline
2017-2018 School Year Rocky Campana Annual GSA Leadership Memorial Scholarship application deadline for high school students. Applications available online.
Funds raised through the Run for Rocky Legacy Project will ensure that the Legacy of supporting Gay Straight Alliances in the Windsor Essex Community will continue.
“Run for Rocky funding is based solely on education. Our mandate is to ensure that Gay Straight Alliances start in the home but support continues in schools, workplaces. on sporting teams and in places of worship. When as a community we grow together with these educational initiatives we will all benefit.”