Date: Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Location: Palm Desert Civic Center Park Amphitheater
Walker Check-In/Registration: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Resource Fair & Survivor Activities Start: 9:00 am
Opening Ceremony Begins: 10:00 am
Event Ends: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Walk Chair: Jay Jester
Would your organization like to be one of the featured exhibitors in the 2017 Coachella Valley Out of the Darkness Walk Resource Fair? CLICK HERE to complete the Exhibitor Registration form. Deadline to register is March 20th.
Dedicate a sign in memory of a loved one … CLICK HERE to download an order form. Deadline to order is March 15th.
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 stroller-friendly.
- Walk teams that raise $1000 or more online by February 17th will have their team name added to the 2017 Coachella Valley Walk t-shirt! Check out these fundraising tips + tools to get your team started: http://goo.gl/CWBonQ
- The team that fundraises the most online by 12noon on March 31st (the Friday before the event) will carry the AFSP banner and lead the walk route!
Raise $150 by April 1st (the day of the event) and receive a FREE 2017 Out of the Darkness 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 special recognition gifts for fundraising milestones throughout the season.
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. 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.
MESSAGES 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.
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:
Supporting the LGBT Community - RAINBOW
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.
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.