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Run for Rocky Legacy Project Day April 9

April 9

Run for Rocky Legacy Project Day

April 9th has been officially declared Run for Rocky Day in the City of Windsor. Legacy funding of Gay Straight Alliances in our local schools continues and those interested can donate online during the month of April.

Yesterday the annual Run for Rocky Beer/Bar bus took place and over $1200 was raised to go towards the Legacy Project. The tour took guests to R4R partner bars Motor Burger, The Thirsty Butler, Craft Heads Brewing Company and Eastwood’s Bar & Lounge who will continue accepting donations throughout the entire month.

In May, Run for Rocky will fund 28 attendees-8 educators and 20 students to attend the OUTShine Conference in Fredericton. We deem getting students to this conference a main priority as we have seen how it has changed and saved lives. The conference is also a major catalyst in helping LGBTQ youth become GSA leaders in their schools and empowers student to be comfortable with their sexuality and gender identity. Thank you to Motor City Credit Union who is a major supporter to get students to the Conference.

Run for Rocky will subsidize along with sponsor Families First the 2nd annual Gender, Sexuality and Faith Forum on Tuesday April 23rd at the U of W Downtown Social Work building. (further information is attached) This event is focussed on open discussion and dialogue about LGBTQ identities and the faith journey. It has tremendous educational value for parents of LGBTQ children, educators, students and counsellors in our region. Tickets for the Faith Forum are only $10 and include a full day of Workshops, Round table discussions and lunch. Tickets for the Faith Forum can be purchased on Eventbrite

Run for Rocky Legacy Project has given out $3585.00 in grants this school year for projects at Kennedy, Riverside, Holy Names, Mason and Brennan. Follow the Run for Rocky on Facebook as we post pictures of these projects as they are completed. We will also continue to give scholarships out in June for students who have been GSA leaders in their schools.

Nancy Campana will travel to Ottawa on Thursday of this week to meet with Ms. Moriarty who is the Executive Director of Health Programs within the Director General’s office under Health Canada’s Strategic Policy Branch. The reason for the meeting is to further discuss the lack of best practices and standardization nationally to ensure gay men’s organs are not automatically excluded and informed consent by the recipient is put into practice across Canada. Although Health Canada recognizes the inconsistency of policies in this regards the process to put standards and best practices in place has been incredibly slow.

Run for Rocky Legacy Project will also be purchasing 60 copies of Author Rob Sanders book Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag and presenting this at the Public Board GSA conference in May. After the GECDSB announced they would raise the Pride flag in grade schools this year the comment section on many media outlets social media pages was discouraging for many in the community and their allies. Run for Rocky believe there is great power in education. The purchase of one of these books for each grade school will ensure proper educational resources are available to explain the history of the Pride flag at a junior learning level. Explaining the history of the Pride flag and the human rights struggle that it represents is an important lesson for students to learn and understand. 

The Campana Family would like to thank the Windsor Essex community for their continued support of this region and all those who have embraced our vision and encourage the work we do to ensure our community is a place that LGBTQ folks are proud and safe to live in.

For more information about Rocky Campana, Run for Rocky funding and history go online.

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