Bismarck Walk

Join us on September 8, 2019

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Event Details

Walk Date: 09/08/2019
Walk Location: Bismarck State Capitol Grounds - Bismarck, ND
Check-in/Registration Time: 12:30 pm
Walk Begins: 2:00 pm
Walk Ends: 5:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Thea Ward Jorgensen & Sam Bruers (sbruers@afsp.org, 701-371-1194) 
Contact Phone: 701-934-2458 
Contact Email: thea.afsp@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 Bismarck 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

Information coming soon!

Become a Sponsor

Download the Bismarck 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!

Help Spread the Word!

Download the Bismarck 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. Facebook event 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!

Calling all Walkers and Team Captains: 

*Yard Signs are available! Help spread the word!  You can get your yard sign and other walk promotional materials up by asking a staff member at Dakota Foot and Ankle  (5620 1733 E Capitol Ave, Suite 101) in Bismarck. You can also email sbruers@afsp.org to request more material.*

We invite you to our Bismarck Walk open house! Stop in at Dakota Foot and Ankle on Friday, August 2nd from 11 to 4:30! Pick up promotional items, ask questions about the walk, and we can even help you register! 

Walkers can also enter a drawing to win some #bethevoice swag! We hope to see you there! Also, as a special treat to our walkers, Dr. Gale will also be doing a drawing for a pair of shoes for walkers who pick up promotional materials before or during the open house!

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by 09/08/2019 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 with responsible owners are welcome! 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 Rock Painting this year! Paint one for your loved one, yourself, or just because and place it along the route or take it home with you. 

Take a family or group photo with our photo banner. Take a selfie with some of our AFSP photo props.

Poster Making: create messages of hope and bring them with you on our walk! 

Wall of Hope & Healing – Bring pictures of loved ones, or write names and/or messages of hope, healing, and support. We ask that all items be 8.5”x11” or smaller.

#BetheVoice and AFSP apparel Store - AFSP gear will be available for purchase. 

Grab some lunch! - A light lunch will be provided. 

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!

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