Walk Date: 09/16/2017
Walk Location: Lake Mayer Park-1850 E Montgomery Cross Rd - Savannah, GA
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/16/2017 at 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Marie Lewis
Contact Phone: 804-754-5387
Contact Email: SAVOutofDarknessWalk@gmail.com
The natural disasters of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have stunned our country. Particularly, the impact of Hurricane Irma has profoundly affected the beautiful state of Florida in our AFSP Southern Division and has touched the lives of many – leaving widespread devastation. Those who are at risk of suicide may be struggling even more as they cope with heartbreaking losses.
The need for suicide prevention resources and programming and suicide loss survivor support are significant in the aftermath of Harvey and Irma. Persons affected by the disasters will continue to struggle and need support during the recovery efforts. Please consider donating to AFSP today. Let's come together as an AFSP community of caring souls to comfort each other, support each other and to bring hope to one another, all while raising funds to SAVE LIVES by preventing suicide here in Georgia. If you have not yet made a donation, we urge you to please do so now.
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.
Welcome to the Savannah
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
Saturday, September 16, 2017
|Registration and Resource Fair:||9:00am - 10:00am|
|Grand Totals and Raffle Winners:||11:00am|
Join us at Lake Mayer Park (1850 E Montgomery Crossroad 31406) for our 3rd Annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, September 16th at 9:00 am. There is no entry fee and no minimum donation. However, all fundraising for Georgia comes from this walk and its efforts.
The walk will take place along the paved 1.5 Julie Backus Smith Trail. Registration is at the largest pavillion at the end of the circle drive. It is directly in line with the small bridge as you enter the main entrance of the park. Please note dogs are only permitted in the designated exercise area.
Download the Savannah Out of the Darkness Community Walk SPONSORSHIP PACKET. Sponsorship opportunities will be available 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 Savannah Out of the Darkness Community 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!
Raise $150 by 09/16/2017 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.
Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area.
Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 9:00 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.
It is suggested to bring extra money for AFSP merchandise and/or lunch on the grounds with family and friends. Food trucks will be available with a portion of proceeds going to AFSP! Water will be provided free to all participants.
Raffle tickets will be sold for wonderful prizes.Tickets cost $5 for one or 3 for $10.
Feel free to enjoy these other activities available at Lake Mayer Park:
Eight (8) Lighted Tennis Courts
Lighted Basketball Courts
Fresh Water Lake, Stocked With Fish
One (1) Boat Ramps
One (1) Fishing Pier
Lighted Hockey Rink
Volleyball Play Area
Handball Practice Court
Supportive counselors will be on-site to talk to survivors. A Memory Wall will also be available to display photos of your loved one.
A craft will be available to make in honor of your loved one.
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
Parking is preferred at the front of the park entrance, but spaces are also available in front of both tennis courts. Please carpool when possible
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 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 right away.