Walk Date: Saturday, March 26th, 2016
Walk Location: Palm Desert Civic Center Amphitheater
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
CLICK HERE to download and share the 2016 Out of the Darkness Community Walk flyer or contact us and we'll be glad to mail some directly to you. Downtown areas, local businesses and schools, and high traffic events all make the perfect place to post flyers in your neighborhood.
DEDICATE A SIGN IN MEMORY OF A LOVED ONE:
Raise $150 by March 26th (the day of the event) and receive a FREE Out of the Darkness Community Walk t-shirt! In addition to fundraising online, you can turn in cash and check donations at the event.
- The team that fundraises the most online by Mach 25th (the Friday before the event) will carry the AFSP banner and lead the walk route!
This year's event will be held at the beautiful Palm Desert Civic Center Park. The walk route is approximately 3 miles and is wheelchair and stoller-friendly.
We want to spread the message that it is possible to overcome suicidal thoughts and feelings and that there are many resources available to help those who are struggling to cope. We will have a special area at this year's event for walkers to create a "message of hope" for themselves, someone they know, or just to provide strength to someone who might be struggling. Help us create a "community of caring" by letting each other know that anyone can experience suicidal thoughts but there is help, and there is hope.
If you are a survivor of suicide loss, we encourage you to bring a non-returnable photo of your loved one to the event to add to our Remembrance Tent. AFSP's Remembrance Tent is an opportunity for walkers to share special photos and written memories of their loved one with others, or to simply pause for a quiet moment of reflection.
Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. Unlike other illnesses, it is difficult to look at someone and know their connection. This event is a journey of remembrance and an event that unites a community - a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We all wear honor beads (available for free at the event) - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience.
Other Special Recognitions:
Lost a First Responder - SILVER
Supporting a Loved One Who Struggles - TEAL
Supporting the LGBT Community - RAINBOW
Supporting Our Veterans, Armed Forces, and Their Families – STARS
Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. Your four-legged friend can register for free at the Paws for Prevention Tent. We will also have AFSP Doggie Bandanas in small and large sizes.
Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the Out of the Darkness Walk Resource Fair. Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 9:00am. This is your opportunity to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to making a difference in the community.
VOLUNTEER WITH US ON WALK DAY:
Volunteer with us and help make this year's event a success. Our walk is planned and managed by volunteers just like YOU and we would love to have your help on the day of the event. Volunteers assist with everything from set-up and breakdown to food and beverage stations, to route support, prize giveaways, and much more! Contact us if you are interested in volunteering or if you have any questions.