Walk Date: 12/09/2017
Walk Location: Steele Indian School Park - Phoenix, AZ
Check-in/Registration Time: 12/09/2017 at 8:00 am
Program Begins: 9:30 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 11:00 am
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Lisa Ruggiero
Contact Phone: 602-418-2549
Contact Email: Phoenixootd2017@gmail.com
Online registration closes at noon (local time) 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.
Click here to download the 2017 Phoenix Walk Flyer. Coffee shops, local businesses, schools, and community centers all make great places to post flyers in your neighborhood. You can also help promote the Phoenix “Walk to Fight Suicide" through social media! We encourage you to tell your story about why you support #AFSPArizona
Post to your Facebook page and add the Phoenix Walk Link (www.afsp.org/phoenix), or the direct link to your fundraising page.
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.
Raise $150 by December 9th and receive an official 2017 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 tents the day of the Walk. All registered walkers are also eligible for recognition gifts for fundraising milestones throughout the season. CLICK HERE
NOTE: Each team member must raise $150 as an individual by December 9th to receive an official walk day shirt at registration.
- The team that fundraises the most online by December 8th (the Friday before the event) will carry the AFSP banner and lead the walk route!
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! Fill out our Volunteer Application HERE
LOCATION + WALK ROUTE:
The walk route is approximately 1.5 miles and is wheelchair and stroller-friendly. To view the Route CLICK HERE
Parking will be a challenge this year due to another event occurring at the same time. We have secured many offsite parking garages and locations for your use. We recommend that attendees carpool and use the light rail when possible. To read more insturctiosn and suggestions for the day of the walk you can CLICK HERE
VA PARKING GARAGE AND 3RD STREET PARKING GARAGE (Golf cart will be available for transport)
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.
Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the Walk Resource Fair. Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 8:00am. 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.