Metro Detroit Walk

Join us on September 28, 2019

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Event Details

Walk Date: 09/28/2019
Walk Location: Hart Plaza - Detroit, MI
Check-in/Registration Time*: 8:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 11:00 am
Walk Begins: 11:30 am
Walk Ends: 2:00 pm

New This Year! Early Bird Check-In and Registration This year we will be opening our registration at 8am for an early bird special. Anyone who checks-in and/or registers between 8am and 9am will receive a free gift!

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Co-Chair: Sarah Schang & Co-Chair: Amber Waldrop (248-910-4330) 
Contact Phone: 248-880-5427 
Contact Email: metrodetroit@afsp.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.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Metro Detroit 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.

Walk Route

This is a 5k, take your time walk.  Starting at Hart Plaza, we will walk along the beautiful Detroit Riverfront, to the Dequindre Cut where you will be able to rest and refuel at our halfway tent.  We will head back along the same route, ending back at Hart Plaza.  The path is stroller/wheelchair accessible.  

Click here to check out the awesome video of the 2018 Metro Detroit Out of the Darkness Walk. 

Become a Sponsor

Download the Metro Detroit Out of the Darkness Walk SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at $1,000 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 Metro Detroit 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


  Follow Us! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page. 

 
  Follow Us! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #outofthedarkness to your tweets!
 

  Remember your LinkedIn connections!
 
 
 Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in walker central (must be logged in)

 

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 09/28/2019 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. 

Pets

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, mental health non-profit organizations, and other health related resources will open at 9:00 am and will stay open until 2:00pm.  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, promoting physical health as well as mental health, and providing support to those impacted by suicide loss. 

We will also have an AFSP tent, where you will be able to find out more information about volunteer opportunities, advocacy events, survivor day events, campus walks, Interactive Screening programs, and more!

Family Activities

Families and children will have plenty to do, at our Kids Care Zone.  There will be a Home Depot Build area, Children’s Activities, henna artists and more!

Activities of Hope and Healing

Make sure to bring a picture of your loved one for our Memory Tent.  Poster-boards welcome also.  

Join us in our Hope Tent, where you will be able to share messages of hope for those joining us who have struggled, or are currently struggling.

LGBTQ+ Display - Make sure to check out this impactful display which will represent suicide in the LGBTQ+ community, put together with the help of Affirmations in Ferndale.

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.

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.

Story Stickers

We are sensitive to the fact that people are in varying stages of their grief and healing.  Story stickers will let your fellow walkers know that you are willing to share your story. If you see someone wearing one, stop and ask them about their journey.  

Additional Information

Food

We will have several food trucks offering a wide variety of delicious local eats for sale!  There will be a bit of everything, so plan to come early for breakfast pre-walk, and join us afterwards for lunch!

Merchandise

BE THE VOICE!  Our merchandise tent is bigger and better than ever before! Tons of Be the Voice items, as well as OOTD and AFSP goods.

Live Music!

We will have live music after the walk, so make sure you plan to stick around! 

Parking
Rest assured that parking will be close by and completely secure. All of the following structures are just a quick walk away from the event:
 
Center Garage
414 Renaissance Dr. W
Detroit, MI 48226
 
Handy Park
154 W Larned St. 
Detroit, MI 48226
 
Handy Park (2)
525 Shelby St. 
Detroit, MI 48226
 
E-Z Park
126 W. Congress St.
Detroit, MI 48226
 
Millender Center Garage
331 E Larned St. 
Detroit, MI 48226
 
One Detroit Garage
500 Woodward Ave. 
Detroit, MI 48226
 
Two Detroit Garage 
160 E Congress St.
Detroit, MI 48226
 

Family/Team Info

We will reserve a space for families and teams to set up tents, but no stakes please (weights are good).  Space is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis.  We will have lots going on, so make sure to plan to stay after the walk, and enjoy the sites of our beautiful city, from Hart Plaza and the Riverfront!

Photography

We will once again have a team photographer, so make sure to stop by and get a photo of your team!

*Keep your eyes out for our newsletters (via email) and make sure to follow our Facebook page for the most up to date info on everything walk related! If you would like info on creative ways to fundraise for your team (bowling events, restaurant fundraisers, garage sales etc…) or if you have any questions, contact Sarah Schang at metrodetroit@afsp.org.

 

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. 

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

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