Southwest Michigan Walk

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Event Details

Walk Date: 09/23/2018
Walk Location: Milham Park - Kalamazoo, MI
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 11:30 am
Walk Ends: 1:30 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Candace Streich 
Contact Phone: 269-615-5157 
Contact Email: swmiafspotd@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 Southwest Michigan Walk

SCHEDULE

 
Registration: 9:00am-11:00am
Opening Ceremony:    11:15am
Walk Begins:  11:30am
Closing Ceremony: 1:30pm

 

                  

WALK ROUTE

The walk is 3.12 miles starting at Beautiful Milham Park in Kalamazoo MI. We will Start in Milham Park and exit onto Lovers Lane, Left onto East Cork St, left on Burdick St, Onto Kilgore and back into the Park for the closing ceremony!

You can do a 1.2 Mile loop and stay INSIDE Milham Park. Every path is paved, so strollers and wheelchairs should have no problem!

WALK MAP

Blue Star: Main Stage
Purple Star: Registration/Pre Walk Check-in
Green Star: Resource Tent
Yellow Star: Rock Painting Tent
Red Heart: Staff Tent
Light Blue Star: Photo Booth
Orange Star: Merch Tent & Paws For Prevention Tent
Black Lightening Bolt: Bathrooms

WHAT TO KNOW

Parking is available from Kilgore Road and Lovers Lane.

Milham Park has grills bring a picnic for after the Walk!

Registration begins at 9 AM come early to explore all the activity tents!

Dogs are allowed on leashes only! Bring $10 to the Paws for Prevention tent to get a AFSP Bandana!

The Walk will take place rain or shine!

WHAT TO BRING

Picnic Lunches for after walk (there are grills available at the park)

Layered clothing for ANY weather!

Umbrella/ Poncho for rain

Sunscreen/Sunglasses/Hat

Small tent to set up for your team & blanket or chairs to sit on.

Photo of loved one for Remembrance Tent-Photo will NOT be returned. (They’re stored safely & displayed at other events!)

Any cash or check donations- Checks made out to AFSP

Cash for Merch Tent!

A backpack to put all your Materials and Merch in! We will also be selling AFSP bags at the Merch Tent!

BECOME A SPONSOR!

Download the Southwest MI Area 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!

HELP SPREAD THE WORD!

Download the Southwest MI 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.  Click HERE to like our event page! Click HERE to let everyone on Facebook know you are participating in or interested in the event!

 

If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #20x2025 to your tweets!  Click HERE to follow us on Twitter.

 
 

Remember your LinkedIn connections!

 


Share your photos with #OutoftheDarkness and follow us on Instagram.

 

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 09/23/2018 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. 

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 12:30 pm.  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. 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Pathway of Hope Rock Painting

We will have a Rock Painting tent. You can paint your loved ones name on it or an inspirational message and place it along the “Pathway Of Hope”

Photo Booth

We will have a AFSP Themed photo booth complete with a Backdrop and Props! We will have a volunteer handy to snap your group photos! Please provide your own camera for your photos. We will be taking photos at random that will be used for our Walk page and posted to the SWMI AFSP OTD Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram account.

ACTIVITIES OF HOPE AND HEALING

Remembrance Tent

We will have activities of Hope and Healing such as a Remembrance Photo Tent. Please Bring a photo of your loved one. Photos Will not be returned. Boards will be safely stored and put on Display at other Southwest MI AFSP events.

Honor Beads

We will be doing an Honor Bead Ceremony- Individuals will speak about their connection with the color of the Honor Bead They’re wearing. Find someone near you who is wearing the same color as you and let’s create a family in our community. If you would like to share your connection with an honor bead on Walk Day please email the Walk Chair. 

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!

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