Walk Date: 09/14/2019
Walk Location: Ida Lee Park - Leesburg, VA
Check-in/Registration Time: 12:00 pm
Opening Ceremony Begins: 1:30 pm
Walk Begins: 1:50 pm
Walk Ends: 3:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Susan Kelleher
Contact Phone: 610-247-9143
Contact Email: Chair.LoudounWalk@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.
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.
Help Spread the Word!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness
The walk route is approximately 2.8 miles and is paved and relatively flat. Walkers can absolutely bring strollers on the walk with them as this event is for the whole family. See Walk Route Map Here.
9/14 Leesburg Road Closures & Detours
Due to the Leesburg Car Show also taking place on September 14th, there will be several road closures detours around Ida Lee Park that may affect your getting to/from the venue. Please see the Leesburg Road Closure Map for more detail.
Become a Sponsor!
Download the 2019 Loudoun Walk SPONSOR AGREEMENT to learn more about our various sponsorship opportunities. With sponsorship levels starting at just $250, this is a perfect way for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing benefits and the sooner you sponsor, the more benefits you’ll receive!
There are a number of opportunities available to help with the Loudoun Out of the Darkness Walk. If you would like to join the Loudoun Walk Planning Committee, please contact Loudoun Walk Chair Susan Kelleher at Chair.LoudounWalk@gmail.com. If you will like to help at the event the day of the Walk, please SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE.
Raise $150 by 09/14/2019 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.
More Walker & Team Rewards
Earn Invitations to VIP events, Team Tents at the Walk, AFSP Swag and More!
To recognize, reward and show our sincere appreciation for our walkers and teams who have exhibited outstanding achievements in fundraising, we are happy and honored to provide the following 2019 Walker & Team Rewards.
Be sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the Resources Fair where you can find information tables with resources hosted by local organizations. This will be an opportunity for you to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to raising awareness about mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, and providing support for survivors of suicide loss and those with lived experience.
If you are with an organization that is interested in participating the 2019 Loudoun Out of the Darkness Walk’s Resources Fair, please fill out this RESOURCES FAIR APPLICATION and we will be in touch with you soon with more information.
Activities of Hope and Healing
Memories are our precious keepsakes of the loved ones we love so much. Please bring a picture, quote and/or special poem for your loved one that can be included in the Remembrance Book.
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.