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: 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.
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!
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
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!
Picnic Lunches for after walk (there are grills available at the park)
Layered clothing for ANY weather!
Umbrella/ Poncho for rain
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
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 09/23/2018 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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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