Polk County Walk

Join us on December 2, 2017

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Event Details

Walk Date: 12/02/2017
Walk Location: Lake Hollingsworth, - Lakeland, FL
Check-in/Registration Time: 12/02/2017 at 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jessica Toy (info below) & Cindy Hoppen (cindy1166@hotmail.com, 863-289-2759) 
Contact Phone: 954-439-4975 
Contact Email: jessicatoy1011@gmail.com

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention continues to send our thoughts to all of Florida during this most difficult time. If you or anyone you know is in distress, please call SAMHSA’S Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Additional resources can be found HERE.

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 Polk County
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
 Saturday, December 2, 2017

SCHEDULE

 
Registration: 9:00am - 10:00am
Opening Ceremony:    10:00am
Walk Begins:  10:30am
Closing Ceremony: 12:00pm

WALK ROUTE

The walk will be an approximate 5k walk around Lake Hollingsworth. Click Here to see the route.  

BECOME A SPONSOR!

Download the Polk County SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250, 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!

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

Download the Polk County 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 12/02/2017 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. 

Teams that raise $1,000 by Friday, September 8th 2017 will get their name printed on the back of the 2017 Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt!
Check out these fundraising tips + tools to get your team started: http://goo.gl/CWBonQ  

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.

PAWS FOR PREVENTION

 

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.

RESOURCE FAIR

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.

ACTIVITIES OF HOPE AND HEALING

We will have activities of hope and healing including an opportunity to honor a loved one with a memory sign, or post a photo or message our memory wall.  

Dedicate a sign in memory of a loved one lost to suicide. These signs will be placed along the walk as a memorial to those we have lost and as a reminder of why we fight to bring the issue of suicide out of the darkness and help those who may still be struggling.

For a $50 donation, a sign will be created in memory of your loved one and personalized with a message or quote. After the Walk is finished, you are welcome to take your sign home.

If you are interested, click here to download the order form, all forms need to be received back by Wednesday, October 4th.

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


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!

SPREAD THE WORD

Sponsored By

Magellan Complete Care, FL
Magellan Health Services
Peace River Center
Psychological Associates of Central Florida

Quick Stats

$3,575.00 Raised
93 Participants

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Special thanks to our national Out of the Darkness Walks sponsor