Walk Date: 10/06/2018
Walk Location: International Park - Toledo, OH
Check-in/Registration Time: 10/06/2018 at 9:30 am
Walk Begins: 11:30 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Rachel Valis
Contact Phone: 315-806-4434
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. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.
9:30am – 11:30am
Once walk is complete raffle and 50/50 winners will be announced
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 the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
Thanks to Walkers and Donors like you, 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.
Just like in previous years there will be 2 options for walkers. There will be an approximately 1 mile walk route and a 3 mile walk route so that everyone is able to participate.
Download the Toledo Out of the Darkness 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!
Download the Toledo Out of the Darkness 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
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 10/06/2018 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 $10 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the AFSP merchandise 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 9:30 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.
There are activities for the kids of all ages. There will be face painting, balloon animals, sidewalk chalking, #bethevoice temporary tattoos and pending weather a bouncy house.
There are a couple of ways that you can honor those who have lost by suicide those who have lived experience at the Toledo Out of the Darkness Walk. You can add their names to the Tree of Hope that will be displayed at the event, you can have their names read aloud during the opening ceremony, and/or participate in the balloon release/bubble activity. Both are ways that you can privately or publicly honor your loved one.
NOTE: We will be using biodegradable balloons and strings this year in an effort to help protect the environment. If you still do not wish to participate in the balloon release we will once again offer bubbles so that you are still able to participate in the remembrance activity.
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
• WHITE - LOST A CHILD
• RED - LOST A SPOUSE OR PARTNER
• GOLD - LOST A PARENT
• ORANGE - LOST A SIBLING
• PURPLE - LOST A RELATIVE OR FRIEND
• SILVER - LOST FIRST RESPONDER / MILITARY
• GREEN - STRUGGLED PERSONALLY
• BLUE - SUPPORT THE CAUSE
• TEAL - FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF SOMEONE WHO STRUGGLES