Walk Date: 04/14/2018
Walk Location: SIU Campus - Carbondale, IL
Check-in/Registration Time: 04/14/2018 at 4:00 pm
Walk Begins: 5:00 pm
Walk Ends: 7:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Angela Peterman
Contact Phone: 573-587-6038
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Out of the Darkness Southern Illinois University Campus Walk
4:30pm - 5:00pm
Information about the walk will be updated regularly, so check back often!
We will start our walk at the Student Center on the Southern Illinois Carbondale Campus. Then we will walk east to Illinois Ave., then north to the Carbondale Civic Center. When we reach the Civic Center we will then walk south on University Ave., back to the Student Center. Our walk route is 2 miles long. If ths walk is too long, walkers are welcome to turn around at any point.
Parking is available directly in front of the Southern Illinois University Student Center.
Skateboards, scooters, and bicycles are prohibited for the safety of all walkers.
Medical Support will be on-site and along the walk route.
Mental Health Professionals will be available at the walk for any walkers wanting to speak to them.
Water will be provided at the start of the Walk and at the Civic Center turnaround point.
There are a number of ways you can register and participate. There is no cost to register, but the goal is to raise funds through donations - and you can participate as:
The top fundraising team by April 14th will carry the Walk Banner and lead the Walk. The top fundraising individual by April 14th will cut the Walk ribbon.
Download the Southern Illinois University of Carbondale Out of the Darkness Campus Walk SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $100.00, this is a perfect opportunity for both 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.
Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives!
Don't forget to tag us on social media when checking in or tagging photos. We will also have a SnapChat filter for the site and walk route. Be sure to use it on walk day! Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness
AFSP Illinois Chapter @AFSPIL #OutOfTheDarknessWalk
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 $100 by 04/14/2018 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Campus 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.
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 AFSP store.
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 4:30pm. 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.
Walk bibs: customize a walk bib to wear during the walk.
Hope and Healing Tree: registered walkers can hang wallet size pictures and post messages of hope on the tree.
Candlelit Vigil Ceremony
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 Campus Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, and a walk that unites a campus and 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 be having a raffle at the walk with some really awesome prizes. Make sure that you remember to bring some cash to get in on the raffle!
Looking for AFSP merchandise? The store will have a variety of items for sale so bring your cash, check, or credit card! #BETHEVOICE
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 June 30th.
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.