Walk Date: 09/15/2018
Walk Location: Institute Park - Worcester, MA
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:30 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jessika Zequeira
Contact Phone: 508-304-1316
Contact Email: centralMAwalk@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.
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.
Although there is no fee to walk and no fundraising requirement, every dollar raised helps the AFSP Eastern MA Chapter bring much-needed suicide prevention and support programs to our local communities. There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:
You are also welcome to hold your own third-party fundraiser and use those funds raised toward your individual or team goal. Contact us for supporting your private fundraiser: centralMAwalk@gmail.com. We can also help promote your event to other walkers and supporters.
Note: 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 don’t miss our Walker Central website for some great tips and some great social media apps to help you promote your walk participation.
Raise $150 by 09/15/2018 and receive a 2018 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.
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
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.
Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area. Information about local mental health and health 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.
If you are a community partner and would like to table at the Central MA Out of the Darkness Walk please email us at: centralMAwalk@gmail.com.
Interested in being a corporate sponsor for our walk? There are many benefits AND you'll contribute positively to your community. Or, create a corporate team and walk with your colleagues to fight suicide. Contact our walk chair for sponsorship and corporate engagement information at: centralMAwalk@gmail.com.
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness