Atlanta Walk

Join us on November 5, 2017

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Event Details

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: cowens@afsp.org

Welcome to the Atlanta
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
Sunday, November 05, 2017

SCHEDULE

 
Registration: 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Opening Ceremony:    2:00pm
Walk Begins:  2:00pm
Closing & Dove Release:  3:00pm

LOGISTICS & WALK ROUTE

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: http://piedmontpark.org/visit/park_map.html. 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 (http://piedmontpark.org/visit/directions.html) 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.

BECOME A SPONSOR!

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.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

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


Post to your Facebook page and add the Out of the Darkness Link, or direct link to your fundraising page. 

 

If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #20x2025 to your tweets!

 
 

Remember your LinkedIn connections!

 


Share your photos! 

 

There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  Tell your story about why you walk!

T-SHIRTS

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.

FIRST WALK AREA

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.  

COMMIT-MINT WALL

Has your team walked with us 3 or more years?  Like last year, we will be honoring you on our Commit-mint Wall!  Some teams have changed names, etc so please sign in to DonorDrive today, click on your profile and see how many Atlanta walks you've done if you weren’t on our wall last year. Then please email walk committee volunteer, Diane Gillen at 102gillen@gmail.com, by November 1st and let her know the number of walks your team has done. We've worked hard not to miss any teams but because of name changes or captain changes, we know we are missing folks and we don't want to do that!  In order to be recognized, you have to be registered for this year's walk. 

AFSP MARKETPLACE, RESOURCE FAIR, & FOOD TRUCKS

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!

ACTIVITIES OF HOPE AND HEALING

Honor Beads:
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

Dove Release:

The top 10 individual fundraisers at our walk will have the chance to release a dove after 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.

Other Healing Activities:

We’ll have other healing activities that will be listed here closer to the walk. 

IN ADDITION

Stay updated on all we do by following us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  We also have a Facebook event page for this walk.


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.

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the walk!

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Quick Stats

$11,208.67 Raised
200 Participants

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