Acadiana Walk

Join us on November 10, 2018

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Event Details

Walk Date: 11/10/2018
Walk Location: Youngsville Sports Complex - Youngsville, LA
Check-in/Registration Time: 11/10/2018 at 8:30 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Liz Broussard (below) & Lisa Dukon (Lisakduhon@bellsouth.net, 337-380-5400) 
Contact Phone: 337-380-8113 
Contact Email: lbroussardafsp@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. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Acadiana Walk

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.

SCHEDULE

Registration: 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 10:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:30 am
Closing Ceremony: 11:30 am
Raffle Drawing: 11:45 am

 

WALK ROUTE

The noncompetitive walk is 1 lap around the walking trail.  Please click here for a map.

BECOME A SPONSOR!

Download the ACADIANA SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $250.00, 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! 

Click HERE to fill out an online sponsorship form.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

Download the ACADIANA OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK 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.  Click HERE to like our event page!  Click HERE to let everyone on Facebook know you're interested or participating in the event!

 

If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #20x2025 and #OutoftheDarkness to your tweets!  Follow us as well at afsplouisiana

 
 

Remember your LinkedIn connections!

 


Share your photos with #OutoftheDarkness and follow us at @afsplouisiana

 

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 11/10/2018 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. 

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. 

Participants responsible for picking up after their dog.

 

 

RESOURCE FAIR

Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 2:00 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. 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Bring a photo of your loved one to share on the Photo Wall.

ACTIVITIES OF HOPE AND HEALING

An Honor Bead Ceremony will take place during the opening program. This ceremony identifies a connection to the cause which is the most important part of the honor beads, and helps us identify others who understand our experience. 

We will also have a butterfly release on the baseball field.

 

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

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
 
 

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the walk!

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