Southern Maryland Walk

Join us on October 27, 2019

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Event Details

Walk Date: 10/27/2019
Walk Location: Old State House, St. Mary's City - St. Mary's City, MD
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Cain Sauer 
Contact Phone: 409-617-8783 
Contact Email: somdwalk@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 Southern Maryland 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 Location, Route, and Event Information

About the Location: We will meet at St. Mary's City Old State House and you can park at the museum's parking lot.

Walk Route: We will walk through the Historic St. Mary's Museum Grounds. The route is paved, stroller and wheelchair friendly.

What to Expect at the Walk: The walk will take place rain or shine. We encourage walkers to arrive at 9.00 a.m. when registration opens, so that you have ample time to check-in and then enjoy all of the pre-walk activities we have to offer.

Why Fundraising?

Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to walk), each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs both in Maryland and nationally. With last year's Walk fundraising, our Maryland Chapter was able to educate over 2,500 Marylanders on suicide prevention. We

Your donation also contributed to over $5.2 million in scientific research grants awarded by AFSP.

There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:

This website is designed for online donations. On the day of the walk, you can also bring cash or checks (made out to “American Foundation for Suicide Prevention” or "AFSP"). Once registered, be on the lookout for occasional emails from our walk chairs with walk updates, fundraising tips and suicide prevention training opportunities.

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by 10/27/2019 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. 

Become a Sponsor!

It's also a great idea to let your employer know you'll be walking and to let them know we have sponsorship opportunities. Starting at only $250, businesses can show their support to the suicide prevention mission by contributing a tax-deductible financial gift as a sponsor. All sponsors receive brand visibility and recognition of their support. For more details, please download and review our sponsorship packet.

Community Resources

Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area. Information about local mental health and health organizations will open at 9:00 am. 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.

If you are a community partner and would like to table at the Southern Maryland Out of the Darkness Walk please email us at: somdwalk@gmail.com

Activities of Hope and Healing

Be sure to stop by our “Why I Walk” button table! You can let other walkers know who you walk for and why this cause is so important to you. 

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.

Help Spread the Word!

Download the Southern Maryland Out of the Darkness 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. Join our Facebook event page here

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

  Remember your LinkedIn connections!
 
 
  Follow us! Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness and @afspmaryland! 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!

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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