Coachella Valley Walk

Join us on April 2, 2016

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Event Details

Walk Date: Saturday, April 2nd, 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

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jay Jester
Contact Email: afsp.jjester@gmail.com

Online registration for the Walk is now CLOSED. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the event from 9:00-10:00AM. Walk donations are accepted until June 30th, 2016.

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Join us for the 2016 Coachella Valley Walk to Fight Suicide

When you participate in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people nationwide to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. 

As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Click the "Register Now!" button at the top of the page to get started!

HELP SPREAD THE WORD:

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CLICK HERE to download and share the 2016 Coachella Valley 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.

BECOME A SPONSOR:

Becoming a sponsor of the 2016 Coachella Valley Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a great way to show your commitment to the community and support the fight to stop suicide. CLICK HERE to download the sponsorship packet or contact us and we'll send you a copy. ALL sponsors will receive numerous marketing benefits, including a premium spot in the Walk Resource Fair.

REGISTER FOR THE RESOURCE FAIR:

Would your organization like to be one of the featured exhibitors in the 2016 Coachella Valley Out of the Darkness Walk Resource Fair? CLICK HERE to download Exhibitor Registration form. Space is limited and will fill up quickly so register today! Deadline to register is March 25th (deadline extended!).

WANT A FREE T-SHIRT?

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Raise $150 by April 2nd (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. 

All registered walkers are also eligible for these great recognition gifts for fundraising milestones throughout the season.

TEAM INCENTIVES:

The team that fundraises the most online by April 1st (the Friday before the event) will carry the AFSP banner and lead the walk route! Check out these fundraising tips + tools to get your team started: http://goo.gl/CWBonQ

LOCATION + WALK ROUTE:

PD_PARKThis 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.

 

MESSAGE OF HOPE:

THERE_IS_HOPEWe 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.

WHY WE WALK:

REMEMBRANCE_TENTIf 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. 

SURVIVOR ACTIVITIES:

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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:

Supporting the LGBT Community - RAINBOW

PAWS FOR PREVENTION:

BRING_YOUR_DOGFriendly, 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.

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

COMMUNITY_RESOURCESMake 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:

BECOME_A_VOLUNTEERVolunteer 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.

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Quick Stats

$43,252.85 Raised
630 Participants

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