Asheville / Western NC Walk

Join us on October 8, 2017

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Event Details

Walk Date: 10/08/2017
Walk Location: Carrier Park - Asheville, NC
Check-in/Registration Time: 10/08/2017 at 1:00 pm
Walk Begins: 2:00 pm
Walk Ends: 4:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Betsy Rhodes 
Contact Phone: 919-356-2488 
Contact Email:

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 North Carolina.  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 Asheville/Western NC
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
 Sunday, October 8, 2017



Registration: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Opening Ceremony:    2:00pm
Walk Begins:  2:30pm
Closing Ceremony: 3:30pm


This year's event will be held at the beautiful Carrier Park located off of Amboy Road alongside the French Broad River. The walk route is approximately 1.5 miles and is wheelchair and stroller-friendly.


Download the 2017 Asheville / Western NC  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. We also have an Asheville Out of the Darkness Walk group on Facebook where you can connect with other walkers, find great articles, see posts welcoming new teams and also see posts on   ways to raise money and where the money goes! Click Here to join us: Asheville Out of the Darkness Walk Facebook 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!


There are numerous ways corporations and organizations can support the 2017 Asheville Out of the Darkness Community Walk and the fight to #stopsuicide ….and starting at just $150!

CLICK HERE to download the sponsorship proposal or contact us and we'll send you a copy. ALL sponsors will receive numerous marketing benefits, including a premium spot in the Walk Resource Fair.


Raise $150 by 10/08/2017(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.



Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. AND - with a $10 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the Paws for Prevention Tent.


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 1:00 pm. 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.


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. (Contact us link is the email for



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


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 Wall. AFSP's Remembrance Wall 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. 

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.


Sponsored By

Blue Ridge Pride Center, Inc.
Keller Williams Biltmore Village
Mast General Store, Inc.
Town and Mountain Realty
Willow Wellness & Recovery

Quick Stats

$29,038.00 Raised
251 Participants

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