Five Run For Rocky [5k Run/Walk] events took place annually beginning in April of 2013 with the FINALE event taking place on April 9th 2017. The fundraising efforts through these events have established a Legacy Fund that helps to support Gay Straight Alliances in local high schools and post-secondary schools in Windsor-Essex County. This financial support includes GSA grants, GSA scholarships, funds students and educators to go to GSA educational conferences, supplies educational resources that help support parents and educators and accommodates Diversity Training for educators.
The Run for Rocky Legacy Project continues to collect donations and sanction approved third party events to ensure the legacy of this event continues and the funding model remains intact. This year the RETURN of the Run for Rocky Event will end the Hiatus of the event and will take place on Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Weekend. The proceeds for this year’s RETURN event will continue to support the Run for Rocky funding model as well as help support partner LGBTQ+ agencies in the region-Windsor Pride Community, Windsor-Essex Pride Fest and Trans Wellness Ontario.
As a family we understand that the Run for Rocky has helped to make great change in the acceptance of LGBTQ diversity in our community. The legacy of Rocky’s life and his advocacy work will live on with the continuation of this fund. Our community, schools, homes and workplaces have become more accepting and open places. There is greater support and services for those who are LGBTQ and live and work in the area. We understand how important this support is to businesses, families and educators in our community. The difference Run for Rocky has made now allows for the LGBTQ community to run with the torch and to continue the advocacy work with a stronger voice than in the past. Run for Rocky funding will continue for years to come to reinforce these efforts and ensure both students and educators are supported in our community.
Run for Rocky is a charity run/walk in Windsor Ontario which is 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, 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 Legacy Fund will continue to make a significant difference in his absence for years to come.