Walk Date: 10/21/2017
Walk Location: Lake Bottom & Weracoba Park at the Bandstand (cross roads of Poplar Drive and Cherokee Ave)- Columbus, GA 31901
Check-in/Registration Time: 10/21/2017 at 10:00 am
Walk Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Tammy Sims
Contact Phone: 762-207-7437
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the Columbus GA
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
Saturday, October 21, 2017
|Registration:||10:00am - 11:00am|
Join us at the bandstand area (cross roads of Poplar Drive and Cherokee Ave) of Lakebottom and Weracoba Park for the 2nd annual Columbus Out of the Darkness Community Walk. There is no entry fee and no minimum donation but all we do in Georgia comes from funds raised right here.
The walk is approx. 1.5 miles (walk once around the park). The parks address is 1505 Cherokee Ave, Columbus, GA 31901. Parking is around the park and limited off street parking is available off of 17th St, between 18th Ave and Cherokee Ave. View a map here: Lakebottom and Weracoba Park Bandstand
Download the 2017 Columbus GA Walk SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250, this is a perfect opportunity for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits!
Download the 2017 Columbus GA Walk Walk Flyer to send to family and friends and display in your community. Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. Tell your story about why you walk!
Individually raise $150 by 10/21/2017 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt!
Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations at the registration table the day of the Walk.
Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. AND - with a $10 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the Paws for Prevention Tent.
Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area.
We will be selling Be The Voice merchandise and more. Cash, check (made out to AFSP), and credit card accepted.Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 10:00 am. This will be an opportunity to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, and providing support to those impacted by suicide loss.
Message of Hope:
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. We are all connected and here to help one another.
An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread my stretch or tangle, but never break.
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.
The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance and a walk 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 - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience
Online registration closes at noon the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.
When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, 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 right away.