Recently Reid Williams of Williams Food Equipment presented a cheque to Nancy Campana and the Run for Rocky in the amount of $4403.10 representing 10% of their sales for the week preceding the Run For Rocky.
This is the fourth year of the Run for Rocky endeavor and the total raised to date for this year (2016) is $79045.44 – and the four-year total is $269442.14. Monies raised from various other fundraising activities is expected to trickle in thoughout the year.
The Run for Rocky was built upon a five-year commitment, meaning that next year’s run will be the “Finale” run. Campana says that after next year’s events “there will be enough money in the bank to continue to fund GSA’s (Gay Straight Alliances) in our community for five to eight years after that.” Asked if the Final run will feature something new Campana states, “No. Not at all, We have a formula that everyone loves, people love attending the event, it’s a great family day – a great day for high schools to come out and be together.”
“Rocky Campana was a personal friend of mine and you don’t realize the struggles people go through until frankly, in my case with my friend, it was too late. So I want to do anything I can do to help make an easier situation for people who need help coming forward or dealing with the issues facing people in the Pride community. One thing for me is that Rocky’s organs were not taken even though he was a registered organ donor – a concept so foreign to me. Rocky’s legacy through organ donation was denied to him.” – Reid Williams, Williams Food Equipment
According to the Run for Rocky Website, monies raised by this organization will:
- 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;
- Have a major impact on the educational environment and empower individuals, school cultures, and educational institutions to change for the better.
Feature photo: Robert Williams, Executive Director of Windsor Pride Community; Rob and Nancy Campana – ‘Rocky’s’ parents; Reid Williams from Williams Food Equipment. Photo by Joe McParland