Burlington County Walk

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Event Details

Walk Date: 10/20/2018
Walk Location: Laurel Acres Park - Mount Laurel, NJ
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Kyra & Sue Berry (sueb223@comcast.net) 
Contact Phone: 609-332-5690 
Contact Email: kyra.berry4@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 Burlington County 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.

ABOUT THE BURLINGTON COUNTY WALK

SCHEDULE:  
Check-In/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Program Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

 

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Burlington County Out of the Darkness Walk at Laurel Acres Park in Mount Laurel, NJ. 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.

BECOME A SPONSOR!

Download the Burlington County 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!

THE FUNDRAISING IMPACT

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.

BURLINGTON COUNTY WALK FUNDRAISING INCENTIVES

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). 

WALK ROUTE LOCATION INFORMATION

Laurel Acres Park is located in Mount Laurel. The walk will be three laps around the Laurel Acres park pathway. We will hold the walk rain or shine!

What to expect at the walk: The walk will take place rain or shine and we encourage walkers to arrive at 9:00am 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.

     

 

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

Download the Burlington County Walk 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 #20x2025 #OutoftheDarkness #stopsuicide to your tweets!

 
 

Remember your LinkedIn connections!

 


Share your photos! 

 

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 10/20/2018 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. 

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

    

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the walk!

Sponsored By

Hampton Behavioral Health Center
Mt Laurel Hartford School