Central MA/Worcester Walk

Join us on September 16, 2017

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Event Details

Walk Date: 09/16/2017
Walk Location: Institute Park - Worcester, MA
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/16/2017 at 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:30 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jessika Zequeira and Jennifer Tharp 
Contact Phone: 508-304-1316 
Contact Email: centralMAwalk@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.


Let's Be The Voice for Suicide Prevention in Central MA!

Thank you for your interest in the 2017 Central MA Out of the Darkness Walk! Read below for more information about the walk and to get answers about frequently asked questions. 

Why Fundraising?

Although there is no fee to walk and no fundraising requirement, every dollar raised helps the AFSP Eastern MA Chapter bring much-needed suicide prevention and support programs to our local communities. There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:

How is the money used? 83 cents of every dollar raised goes directly into programming. Walk fundraising allows our chapter to increase activities aimed at preventing suicide within your community.

This website is designed for online donations. On the day of the walk, you may also bring cash or checks (made out to “American Foundation for Suicide Prevention”). And don’t miss our Walker Central website for some great tips and some great social media apps to help you promote your walk participation.

Fundraising Incentives:

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


We will have AFSP Tee shirts, sweat pants, hoodies, water bottles, wristbands and lots of other awareness materials for sale during the walk.  Be sure to plan ahead and bring cash to purchase items.


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!


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. 



Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. AND - with a $25 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the Paws for Prevention table.


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 8:30 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.

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!


Sponsored By

Central MA Suicide Prevention Coalition
Justice Resource Institute Inc
St. John's High School
Sunteck TTS
The Worcester County Youth & Family Counseling Service Inc
TJX Company
United Way of Central Massachusettes

Quick Stats

$94,803.29 Raised
1,007 Participants

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