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It’s Run for Rocky Day-April 9th 2021
Run for Rocky Day 2021 was marked by the raising of the Progressive Pride flag this morning at Charles Clark Square. 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.
The Campana Family are also looking forward to the possibility of the return of the Run/Walk Event in August of 2022 in conjunction with Windsor Essex Pride Fest activities. April 9th of 2022 will mark the 5 year anniversary of that the last run/walk event took place. 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.
Although schools are not running as normal, Run for Rocky continues to support GSA’s and local partners. A recently approved grant to Trans Wellness Windsor was made to cover the costs of the installation of their new Queer Museum.
In partnership with a resident in LaSalle, Brenda Bot Drake, Run for Rocky has been working to make the installation of a Pride Crosswalk in Lasalle come to fruition. If this project does move forward it will be the first Pride Crosswalk on Municipal property in Essex County. Essex County is one of the only regions in Ontario that does not presently have a Pride Crosswalk on a Municipal Road.
Run for Rocky also continues to interact with GSA teacher leaders to support their efforts any way possible.
Today we are announcing an additional $8000 donation will be made to Family Services Windsor Essex to continue Run for Rocky counseling services for LGBTQ folks and Rainbow Families in our community. The $10,000 given last year on Run for Rocky Day has been fully utilized and we are thankful that we have been able to help fund much needed counseling services during this challenging time.
Family Services Windsor Essex has seen a steady increase each quarter for the needs of these services according to Beth Anne Ternovan, Manager of Counselling & Employee Assistance Programs. Some of the most prominent reasons for these steady increases include:
- more youth under 18 accessing the service
- more people know about the R4R funding so have been reaching out
- the clients that were already engaged are continuing multiple sessions
- more people reported anxiety and personal stress as well as sexuality/gender-related issues as the top three issues
Until April 22nd all donations made to Run for Rocky will be earmarked for the LaSalle Crosswalk project (unless you indicate you want your donation to go to the general funding model) If you would like to make a donation to commemorate Run for Rocky Day you can do so on the link below. All donations made online will have a tax receipt issued immediately and sent directly to your email inbox.