Metro Detroit Walk

Join us on September 29, 2018

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Event Details

Walk Date: 09/29/2018
Walk Location: Hart Plaza - Detroit, MI
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/29/2018 at 8:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Anne Perry 
Contact Phone: 248-425-2178 
Contact Email: annetperry@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 Metro Detroit 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: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 10:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:30 am

 

WALK ROUTE

This is a 5k, take your time walk.  Starting at Hart Plaza, we will walk along the beautiful Detroit Riverfront, to the Dequindre Cut where you will be able to rest and refuel at our halfway tent.  We will head back along the same route, ending back at Hart Plaza.  The path is stroller/wheelchair accessible.  

BECOME A SPONSOR!

Download the METRO DETROIT OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at $1,000 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! 

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

Download the METRO DETROIT 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. 

 

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

 
 

Remember your LinkedIn connections!

 


Share your photos with #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!

T-SHIRTS

Raise $150 by 09/29/2018 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 Paws for Prevention Tent.  You will also be entered in our raffle with a chance to win a basket of pooch goodies, courtesy of Premiere Pets!

 

RESOURCE FAIR

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 and will stay open until 1:00pm.  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. 

We will also have an AFSP tent, where you will be able to find out more information about volunteer opportunities, advocacy events, survivor day events, campus walks, Interactive Screening programs, and more!

 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Families and children will have plenty to do, at our Kids Care Zone.  There will be a Home Depot Build area, Children’s Activities, henna artists and more!

 

 

 

ACTIVITIES OF HOPE AND HEALING

Make sure to bring a picture of your loved one for our Memory Tent.  Poster-boards welcome also. Alternatively you can email a photo to sarah.schang@yahoo.com to be included in our slideshow. 

New this year!- Join us in our Hope Tent, where you will be able to share messages of hope for those joining us who have struggled, or are currently struggling.

Military Display - Make sure to check out this impactful display which will represent active duty and veteran suicides.

 

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

 

STORY STICKERS:

We are sensitive to the fact that people are in varying stages of their grief and healing.  Story stickers will let your fellow walkers know that you are willing to share your story. If you see someone wearing one, stop and ask them about their journey.  

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

FOOD:

We will have several food trucks offering a wide variety of delicious local eats for sale!  There will be a bit of everything, so plan to come early for breakfast pre-walk, and join us afterwards for lunch!

MERCHANDISE:

BE THE VOICE!  Our merchandise tent is bigger and better than ever before! Tons of Be the Voice items, as well as OOTD and AFSP goods.

LIVE MUSIC:

We will have live music after the walk, so make sure you plan to stick around! 

PARKING:

Rest assured that parking will be close by and completely secure. All of the following structures are just a quick walk away from the event:

Center Garage
414 Renaissance Dr. W
Detroit, MI 48226

Handy Park
154 W Larned St. 
Detroit, MI 48226

Handy Park (2)
525 Selby St.
Detroit, MI 48226

E-Z Park
126 W. Congress St.
Detroit, MI 48226

Millender Center Garage
331 E Larned St. 
Detroit, MI 48226

One Detroit Garage
500 Woodward Ave. 
Detroit, MI 48226

Two Detroit Garage 
160 E Congress St.
Detroit, MI 48226

FAMILY/TEAM INFO:

We will reserve a space for families and teams to set up tents, but no stakes please (weights are good).  Space is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis.  We will have lots going on, so make sure to plan to stay after the walk, and enjoy the sites of our beautiful city, from Hart Plaza and the Riverfront!

PHOTOGRAPHY:

We will once again have a team photographer, so make sure to stop by and get a photo of your team!

 

*Keep your eyes out for our newsletters (via email) and make sure to follow our Facebook page for the most up to date info on everything walk related! If you would like info on creative ways to fundraise for your team (bowling events, restaurant fundraisers, garage sales etc…) or if you have any questions, contact Anne Perry at annetperry@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. 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 AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, 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 support! We look forward to seeing you at the walk!

Sponsored By

Grennan Construction