Walk Date: 11/04/2018
Walk Location: Thompson Park - Monroe Township, NJ
Check-in/Registration Time: 10:00 am
Walk Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Melissa Paloti
Contact Phone: 201-873-2146
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.
Walk Program Begins:
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.
Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Central New Jersey Out of the Darkness Walk at Thompson Park. The walk has given people the courage to open up about their own struggle or loss, and the platform to change our culture’s approach to mental health. It is an amazing event that brings our communities together to raise voices for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Read below for more information about the family-friendly walk and to get answers to frequently asked questions.
Download the Central New Jersey Walk SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $150, 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!
Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to walk), we recommend each walker set a personal goal to raise $150. Each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs and with last year's Walk fundraising we are able to hold educational programs throughout our communities on suicide prevention, advocate for public policy changes, support and hold survivors of suicide loss day events across the state and contribute to over $4.6 million in much needed scientific research grants awarded by AFSP on a national level.
There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:
Personalize your walker page online. Telling your story will make those who see your page feel more emotionally connected to you and the cause. If you’re a team captain, be sure to personalize your page!
Donate to yourself, even if just a modest sum of $20 to show others you are committed to the cause. It’s easier to ask others for money if they see you have also donated.
Share your page and story with others. It’s OK to ask for donations! And you may have to put out those requests several times- that’s OK too!
You are also welcome to hold your own third-party fundraising and use those funds raised toward your individual or team goal. Contact us for supporting your private fundraiser.
This website is designed for online donations. On the day of the walk, you can also bring cash or checks (made out to “American Foundation for Suicide Prevention” or “AFSP”) And please visit our Walker Central website for some great tips to help you reach your fundraising goals and help you promote your walk participation.
Check out some examples of past fundraising incentive "thank-you" gifts (the 2018 fall gifts will be announced soon).
Top sponsor: cuts the ribbon to start the walk
Top team: carries the walk banner and leads the walk (behind Cop2Cop).
Thompson Park is located in Monroe Township. You should enter the park at the entrance on Forsgate Drive and Lakeview Avenue. The walk route is 3.1 miles through Thompson Park taking in its beautiful sights!
What to expect at the walk: The walk will take place rain or shine and we encourage walkers to arrive at 10:00am when registration opens, so that you have ample time to check-in and then enjoy all of the pre-walk activities we have to offer.
• Pre-walk activities will include: wearable buttons; a temporary tattoo parlor; honor bead necklaces; learning more about AFSP and our local chapter; community partner tables; and more.
• The walk is not competitive. After you are done walking, you may go about your day.
Download the Central New Jersey Walk Walk Flyer to send to family and friends and display in your community. 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 11/04/2018 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.
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.