Walk Date: 10/26/2019
Walk Location: Sims Park - New Port Richey, FL
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:30 am
Program Start Time: 10:30 am
Walk Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Marie Kelley
Contact Phone: 205-370-3908
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.
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.
We will begin the Walk from the stage with the Top Team leading the way. Then we'll proceed to walk to the right of the lake and walk around it, cross over by the Splash pad and playground and walk around towards the left of the park area over towards the water and walk along the side on the path, then behind the stage crossing the playground back to the right of the lake forming a figure 8 and we will walk that route again.
Pets are welcome! Please have them on a leash and clean up after them. You may purchase a bandana for your pet and proceeds go towards the overall fundraising.
Help Spread the Word!
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 10/26/2019 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.
Activities of Hope and Healing
There will be a Memory Board to honor loved ones.
Sticky Notes will be available to write encouraging notes to people and pass them out to who you choose.
Enjoy some Yoga in the Park for relaxation.
Dedicate a sign in memory of a loved one lost to suicide. These signs will be displayed digitally on the sign boards near the Sims Park Stage as a memorial to those we have lost and as a reminder of why we fight to bring the issue of suicide out of the darkness and help those who may still be struggling.
The sign will be created in memory of your loved one and personalized with a message or quote.
If you are interested, please fill out this form by Wednesday, October 16th.
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.
There is an honor bead for everyone, whether you have lost a loved one, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, or all of the above.
The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, and a walk that unites a campus and community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones.