Walk Date: 09/08/2018
Walk Location: Al Quaal Recreation Area - Ishpeming, MI
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Emily Pratt
Contact Phone: 906-315-2630
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.
9:00am – 10:00am
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 route is approximately 1 mile.
Download the Marquette County Out of the Darkness SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $100 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!
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 09/08/2018 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.
Create a scrapbook page to be inserted in our Marquette County Out of the Darkness Walk scrapbook that started in 2017. Use supplies at the event to decorate your page or create one at home and bring on the day of the walk sharing pictures, poems, memories, or thoughts. All pages will be added to the scrapbook to be used to assist the Marquette County Suicide Prevention Alliance in raising awareness of suicide prevention efforts and programming in our community.
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
Participants will be able to decorate individual rocks with inspirational messages of hope and healing. It is encouraged to leave the rock in a random spot in an effort to spread kindness to whoever may find it.
Kites will be available for participants to fly at the event, weather permitting, and then taken home to fly again and again. Participants will be encouraged to write wishes of hope or messages to lost loved ones on their kites.
The walk will conclude with a moment of silence and a collaborative bubble blowing. The bubbles will be used in the closing activity to symbolize a ceremony of remembering, a release of grief, or a celebration of life.
Snacks, water, and coffee will be available to walkers at the event.