Walk Date: 10/28/2018
Walk Location: Siesta Key Beach - Siesta Key, FL
Check-in/Registration Time: 10/28/2018 at 8:00 am
Walk Begins: 9:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Tara Sullivan Larsen
Contact Phone: 407-415-8757
Contact Email: SarasotaOOTDWalk@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.
|Opening Ceremony:||9:30 am|
|Walk Begins:||10:00 am|
|Walk Ends:||12:00 pm|
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.
The walk will be an approximate 5k walk along Siesta Key Beach. Click here for a walk map.
Download the Sarasota County 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! Attached is the sponsor packet.
To volunteer at the Sarasota County Out of the Darkness Walk please sign up online at:
Download the Sarasota County 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 #SarasotaOOTD
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 10/28/2018 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.
Teams that raise $1,000 or more by 9/28/18 get their team name added to the back of the official Sarasota County Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt.
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 8:00 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.
This is a family friendly event and there will be activities for the whole family including face painting.
ACTIVITIES OF HOPE AND HEALING
We will have activities of hope and healing including an opportunity to honor a loved one with a memory sign, or post a photo or message our memory wall.
Dedicate a sign in memory of a loved one lost to suicide. These signs will be placed along the walk as a memorial to those we have lost and as a reminder of why we fight to bring the issue of suicide out of the darkness and help those who may still be struggling.
For a $50 donation, a sign will be created in memory of your loved one and personalized with a message or quote. After the Walk is finished, you are welcome to take your sign home.
If you are interested, click here to download the order form, all forms need to be received back by Wednesday, October 17th.
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