Walk Date: 10/20/2019
Walk Location: Saddle River County Park - Otto C Pehle - Saddle Brook, NJ
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Program Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:20 am
Walk Ends: 12:30 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Kelly Anderson & Leah Malley
Contact Phone: 201-248-1225
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 Bergen County Walk
Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Bergen County Out of the Darkness Walk at Saddle River County Park – Otto C Pehle. The walk has given people the courage to open up about their own struggle or loss, and the platform to change our culture’s approach to mental health. It is an amazing event that brings our communities together to raise voices for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Read below for more information about the family-friendly walk and to get answers to frequently asked questions.
Parking at Saddle River County Park (located at 760 Saddle River Rd, Saddle Brook) can be very difficult as spaces do fill up quickly. Please see THIS MAP which will highlight numerous parking options for walk day. We will be gathered at the Otto C Pehle which is where all the walk festivities take place.
Become a Sponsor!
Download the Bergen 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!
The Fundraising Impact
Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to walk), we recommend each walker set a personal goal to raise $150. Each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs and with last year's Walk fundraising we are able to hold educational programs throughout our communities on suicide prevention, advocate for public policy changes, support and hold survivors of suicide loss day events across the state and contribute to over $4.6 million in much needed scientific research grants awarded by AFSP on a national level.
There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:
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 page!
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.
Share your page and story with others. It’s OK to ask for donations! And you may have to put out those requests several times- that’s OK too!
You are also welcome to hold your own third-party fundraising and use those funds raised toward your individual or team goal. Contact us for supporting your private fundraiser.
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”) And please visit our Walker Central website for some great tips to help you reach your fundraising goals and help you promote your walk participation.
Help Spread the Word!
Download the Bergen County Walk 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
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. Tell your story about why you walk!
Raise $150 by 10/20/2019 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.
What to Expect at the Walk
The walk will take place rain or shine and we encourage walkers to arrive at 9:00am 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.
Pre-walk activities will include: wearable buttons; a temporary tattoo parlor; honor bead necklaces; learning more about AFSP and our local chapter; community partner tables; and more.
The walk is not competitive. After you are done walking, you may go about your day.
Activities of Hope and Healing
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.