Polk County Walk

Join us on December 7, 2019

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Event Details

Walk Date: 12/07/2019
Walk Location: Florida Southern College - Lakeland, FL
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 11:30 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jessica Toy 
Contact Phone: 954-439-4975 
Contact Email: PolkCountyOOTDWalk@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 Polk County 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.

About the Event

The opening ceremony and the walk start/finish is located at “Thomas B. Mack Park”. If you plug the park into your GPS, it will bring you right there! It is located on the northwest end of the lake. Parking is available on the Florida Southern College campus. The walk route is approximately 3 miles around Lake Hollingsworth and you can walk as much or as little as you choose!

Leashed, well-behaved pets are welcome.

Children are welcome!  We will have a "bubble poem" reading and will have free bubbles for all to enjoy.

Become a Sponsor

Download the PolK County Walk 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!

Click here to upload your sponsor agreement and logo online.

Help Spread the Word!

Download the Polk County 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!
  Follow Us! 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!

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 Polk County and

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

1. Personalize your walker page online. Telling your story will make those who see your page feel
more emotionally connected to you and the cause. If you're a team captain, be sure to personalize your team page!

2. Donate to yourself, even if just a modest sum of $20, to show others you are committed to the
cause. It's easier to ask others for money if they see you have also donated.

3. Share your page and story with others. It's OK to ask for donations! And you may have to ask
several times – that’s OK too!

You are also welcome to hold your own third-party fundraiser and use those funds raised toward
your individual or team goal. Contact us for supporting your private fundraiser: PolkCountyOOTDWalk@gmail.com 

Don’t miss our Walker Central website for some great tips and some great social media apps to help you
promote your walk participation.


Raise $150 by 12/07/2019 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

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.


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!