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Run For Rocky Day Celebrated With Progressive Pride Flag Raising At Charles Clark Square

Friday April 9th, 2021, 6:29pm


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The Campana Family celebrated Run for Rocky Day 2021 with the raising of the Progressive Pride flag this morning at Charles Clark Square in Downtown Windsor.

Organizer and mother of the late Rocky Campana, Nancy Campana, says once the flag was raised all flags were lowered to half-staff in honour of the passing of Prince Philip.

“Although today did not allow for GSA Clubs in schools to commemorate the day with any special planned activities for the second year in a row, the hope is 2022 will return to a more normal year to mark the day,” Campana says.

She says her family is looking forward to the possibility of the return of the Run for Rocky event in August 2022. The last Run for Rocky was held four years ago on April 9th, 2017 and the event raised $104,000 to support Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in schools.

“2022 is shaping up to be the perfect time to bring back the event as well as together all LGBTQ partner organizations in the community,” Campana says.

Although schools are not running as normal, Campana says Run for Rocky continues to support Gay-Straight Alliances and local partners. She says a recently approved grant to Trans Wellness Windsor was made to cover the costs of the installation of their new Queer Museum, and Run for Rocky has been working to support the installation of a Pride Crosswalk in LaSalle.

Campana says if the crosswalk project moves forward it will be the first of its kind on municipal property in Essex County.  She says Essex County is one of the only regions in Ontario that does not presently have a Pride Crosswalk on a municipal Road.

The flag lowered in honour of Prince Philip (photo courtesy Nancy Campana)

Campana also announced an $8,000 donation to Family Services Windsor Essex to continue Run for Rocky counseling services for LGBTQ individuals and Rainbow Families. She says $10,000 given last year on Run for Rocky Day has been fully utilized.

Campana says Family Services Windsor Essex has seen a steady increase in demand for their services due to factors such as more youth under 18 accessing the service, greater awareness of the program, clients continuing with multiple sessions, and more individuals reporting anxiety and personal stress along with sexuality/gender-related issues.

“We are thankful that we have been able to help fund much needed counseling services during this challenging time,” she says.

Campana says if you’d like to donate to Run for Rocky, you can do so at this link. She says until April 22nd, all donations made to Run for Rocky will be earmarked for the LaSalle Crosswalk project. You can also indicate that you want your donation to go to the general funding model.

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