Date

Check In: Saturday April 16
Run/Walk: Sunday April 17

TIME/LOCATION

Early Check In: April 16 Noon - 4:00 pm
Last Minute Check In: April 17 11 am - 12:30 pm
St Clair Centre for the Arts Lower Level Lobby

Walk/Run - April 17
Pre-Gathering: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Walk/Run Start: 1:00 pm & 1:15 pm respectively
Dieppe Gardens Windsor Ontario

Pre-Party

11:00 am at Dieppe Gardens


After Party Pasta Dinner

St. Clair Centre for the Arts in Windsor

The 4th annual Run for Rocky is a charity run/walk inspired by Rocky Campana who passed away in 2012 after attempting to take his own life.

The Campana Family, along with the Windsor Pride Community, Education and Resource Centre, wanted to share Rocky’s story. Through their collaboration, they have been able to fund GSAs in the local high school and post-secondary school systems, ensuring that parents, educators and youth have the knowledge and funding needed to help create Safe Schools, and creating a support system for youth in times of crisis. Rocky paved the path to make a difference while living, and the Run for Rocky is the legacy that will continue to make a significant difference in his absence.

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ROCKY CAMPANA

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Rocky was a shining star, an achiever and proud to be gay. He had everything in life to live for, including a high profile new job and a family he adored and who supported him endlessly with great pride. It is now apparent that Rocky suffered from depression. We understand that if this scenario is possible in our family it is a risk for any family with an LGBTQ youth. Rocky made a difference in life and as a family we are determined his message continues to be delivered and makes a difference in others’ lives.
-Nancy Campana.

About Rocky and what his life stood for.

Rocky was only in our presence for 23 years. However, anyone who knew or even had a short encounter with him understood that there was something very special about him. Looking back on Rocky’s life, it is instantly apparent that he packed many accomplishments and a great deal of giving through his various activities and involvements in a very short period of time.

Rocky was a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business Graduate Program. Rocky had four Case Studies published by the Richard Ivey School of Business, which continue to be used in universities throughout the United States and Canada. During his time at Western, he maintained an Honours average while working 30 to 40 hours a week and volunteering almost daily. Rocky was involved with the Pride Library, initiated the Street Meat Program to raise funds for The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, organized movie premiere bus trips for the debut of hot movies for resident students, volunteered for the Alzheimer’s Society, was a Resident Assistant and Soccer League House League Convenor . He also ran yearly in Toronto’s Pride and Remembrance Run, raising a significant amount of money for the signature charity each year. At the 2013 Toronto Pride and Remembrance Run, Rocky Campana’s family accepted The Bill Graham Award presented to Rocky posthumously by Premier Kathleen Wynn. The Bill Graham Award was established in 2008 by the Pride and Remembrance Association to recognize service to the LGBT community through demonstrated volunteerism and/or community leadership.

What people remember most about Rocky was his sheer determination to be the best at whatever he attempted and his ability to make everyone he met feel special. People also remember his vocal determination to create change to help youth in the LGBT community during the challenging process of coming out. Rocky was hoping to help bring a National Suicide Hotline program for LGBT Youth to Canada, a void he felt was lacking nationally.

Rocky had just begun his dream job at Proctor and Gamble weeks before his passing. Part of his duties included community service hours. Rocky’s ambition was to go into high schools and to talk to students about accepting others for who they are, regardless of their sexuality, popularity, race, religion, and income level. Rocky was passionate about taking care of those who were treated unjustly in life. He was ecstatic when the Ontario government passed the bill to mandate GSAs in high schools. It is fitting that the Run for Rocky in Windsor will help fund educational programs and speakers in partnership with GSAs in the local school systems. This program is the first of its kind in Canada and is now being looked at as a pilot project that will be taken across Canada to help fund GSAs in all high schools nationally.

The first three Run for Rocky events have raised over $170,000.00 with overwhelming corporate and community support. This event was the very first of its kind in Ontario helping to raise money to support the newly initiated GSAs in the school system. Rocky’s parents Nancy & Rob understood that without funding, GSA programming would be unable to reach its full potential, and saw a need to bring a significant change in this area. The funds brought in through the 2016 Run will be used to help expand support of educational programming for both parents and our local youth at the school level ensuring that Gay Straight Alliances start at home and are reinforced in a supportive and accepting school environment. The Run for Rocky funding model includes education programs for parents, youth and educators, GSA leadership mentoring programs, youth mental health awareness programs, youth suicide prevention programming for all students and scholarship opportunities for those involved in their GSA’s.

The inaugural Run for Rocky also coincided with an organ donation change petition brought forth to the House of Commons in May of 2014 with a request for policy changes by Health Canada in their Blood and Organ Donation policies. The discrepancies in Canada’s blood and organ donation system became apparent when the Campana family were unable to donate Rocky’s organs at the time of his death. Now that the petition has been tabled further work with government, organ donation foundations and the medical community is taking place to ensure change in policy is made in the future.

WHO BENEFITS…

Gay Straight Alliances

  • allow youth to break through the isolation and to find support from peers and school staff;
  • unite LGBTQ students, straight allies, and members of the school community who are committed to making schools safer and more accepting for LGBTQ students;
  • draw on the courage of LGBTQ youth and the commitment of straight allies working in partnership to build bridges, improve school climates, and change school policies;
  • and when strong and well-supported, have a major impact on the educational environment and empower individuals, school cultures, and educational institutions to change for the better.

The Windsor Pride Community, Resource & Education Centre Programs

  • Schools Out – a summer program that helps LGBTQ youth and allies develop leadership, mentoring, communications, and marketing skills, and to learn comprehensive social and political history of the LGBTQ community;
  • Diversity Training – training for the purpose of increasing participants’ cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills, protecting against civil rights violations while increasing the inclusion of different identity groups and promoting better teamwork;
  • Referral – referring members of the community to the proper social services of which they are in need.

HOW TO HELP

REGISTER TO RUN/WALK

You can register to Run or Walk. You have the option to pay a straight registration fee or you can Run/Walk for FREE if you raise at least $30 in pledges.
Registration opens November 1st 2015

spread the word

Help us make this event a huge success. Post on Facebook, Twitter and tell your friends that you will be participating in the Run for Rocky

raise pledges

If you want to raise pledges for this event click on the REGISTRATION tab below. All pledge forms and money collected in cash must be turned in on Saturday April 16th from noon – 4:00 pm during the pre-run/walk check in period at St Clair Centre for the Arts. Online pledges can be collected through your Registration Profile by credit card. Prizes will be awarded to highest pledge winners in a number of categories. Pledge sheets will be available for downloading on November 1st

Register for the run & start raising pledges
for your chance to WIN these prizes!
2016 Prizes will be announced in February 2016.

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Fill out a form

To take part in the Run For Rocky, please fill out our registration form found at the below link.

REGISTER NOW

donation

Make a contribution

With your support, the Run for Rocky – Charity Run will help raise awareness and funds to support programs and GSA’s, throughout Windsor-Essex County, in our communities, schools, and in our homes.

DONATE NOW

Show your support for the cause & our
runners by pledging a participant.

SPONSORS

Title Sponsor

Cool Sponsor

Cool with school sponsoring high school & post-secondary youth

Media Mogul Sponsor

Speaking the word through media with their sponsorship

Kind Sponsor

Speaking love and kindness through sponsorship

Prize Sponsor

Showing support with prize give aways

Socially Responsible Sponsor

Doing the right thing with their sponsorship by supporting this cause

Education Partners

Education is the premise of progress in families and society

Scholarship

Find out if you’re eligible

If you are graduating and have been an active member of your school’s GSA, you are eligible to apply for a Run for Rocky Scholarship.

DOWNLOAD GUIDELINES

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Grants

Learn about GSA grants

If your highschool is involved with GSA’s, you are eligible to apply for yearly Run for Rocky GSA Project Grants.

DOWNLOAD GUIDLINES

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

DOWNLOAD GRANT IDEAS

Download the sponsorship package
for more info about becoming a sponsor.

CONTACT US

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address

Windsor Pride Community Centre

422 Pelissier Street
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
N9A 4K9

phone & email

Bob Williams, executive director

(519) 973-4656
info@windsorpride.com

NANCY CAMPANA OR CHRISTY LITSTER

(519) 978-0676
nancyc@nouveauevent.com
christyl@nouveauevent.com