Walk Date: 11/05/2017
Walk Location: Piedmont Park, Picnic Shelters & Bandstand Area - Atlanta, GA
Check-in/Registration Time: 11/05/2017 at 12:30 pm
Walk Begins: 2:00 pm
Walk Ends: 3:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Chris Owens
Contact Phone: 770-843-3836
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Welcome to the Atlanta
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
Sunday, November 05, 2017
|Registration:||12:30pm until 1:45pm|
|Opening Ceremony & Dove Release:||1:45pm|
Join us in the Picnic Area in Piedmont Park for the 14th Annual Atlanta Out of the Darkness Community Walk taking place on Sunday, November 5th at 2:00 pm. There is no entry fee and no minimum donation but all we do in Georgia comes from funds raised right here.
The walk is 1.68 miles (paved park loop is walked once). A park map and parking information is available here: https://www.piedmontpark.org/maps/ . We will be at #11 on this map (consider printing and bringing with you). Take MARTA (http://www.itsmarta.com/) or park cars in the SAGE Parking Facility (https://www.piedmontpark.org/directions/) or other parking nearby (https://goo.gl/maps/zac7kBGiKF92). Allow ample time to get from parking or MARTA to the start of our walk and consider making a day of it and packing a picnic lunch or getting lunch at one of our food trucks. Friendly leashed dogs and children in strollers welcome. The walk is RAIN OR SHINE.
Sponsorship levels start at $250 so 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! Contact Chris Owens prior to September 30th to obtain our sponsorship packet and find out more information.
Download the Atlanta 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 11/05/2017 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.
If it's your first walk with us, you may have questions both about the walk itself and about what you may be going through as a survivor of suicide loss. Volunteers from our chapter will be hosting a 1st Walk area at the Survivor Resources tables answering questions, and sharing information and resources. At check-in, you'll be given a 1st walk sticker and directed to this area.
We will be selling Be The Voice merchandise and more. Cash, check (made out to AFSP), and credit card accepted.
A limited number of nonprofit sponsors are invited to have tables and these include Behavioral Health Link who run Georgia’s Crisis and Access Line as well as others who are dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, and providing support to those impacted by suicide loss.
Popular Atlanta food trucks will be at our walk and all donate a portion of proceeds to us!
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
The top 10 individual fundraisers at our walk will have the chance to release a dove before the walk. Those who qualify are notified with instructions after registration closes at noon Friday, November 3rd. We use Georgia Doves for the dove release and these doves are homing pigeons – once released, they fly to their home in Woodstock unharmed. Note that this activity has been moved from the end of the walk as it was done in the past to the beginning of the walk.
We’ll contact all registrants by email weekly the month prior to the walk and will provide info on our other plans.
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.