Greater Lehigh Valley Walk

Join us on October 6, 2019

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Event Details

Walk Date: 10/06/2019
Walk Location: Lehigh Parkway - 1600 Park Dr. - Allentown, PA
Check-in/Registration Time: 10:00 am
Opening Ceremony: 12:00 pm
Walk Begins: 12:30 pm
Walk Ends: 3:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Cari Cieszynski 
Contact Phone: 717-858-4021 
Contact Email: ccieszyn@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 Greater Lehigh Valley 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/Parking

The walk is a 3.1 mile (5k) route throughout the scenic Lehigh Parkway. You are not required to complete the full route. 

Please park in the police academy lots in the Lehigh Parkway. There will be parking attendants directing you to the appropriate lots. Please note that the Park Dr entrance from Jefferson St will be closed during the walk. Please enter through Vultee Street by the CVS on Lehigh Street.

Become a Sponsor

Download the Greater Lehigh Valley 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!

Upload sponsor agreement and logo online

Help Spread the Word!

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 10/06/2019 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.

Activities of Hope and Healing

We will have Memory Line set up for you to bring a photo of your loved one to display.  We also ask that you come back after the event to pick up the photos.  You may write your message or loved one on a circle without the photo as well. We also have HOPE messages, where we write messages of HOPE to someone who may be struggling or remembering a loved one.

   

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.

Resource Table

Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 9 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. 

 

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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