Walk Date: 09/28/2019
Walk Location: Rock Valley College - Starlight Theater - Rockford, IL
Check-in/Registration Time: 10:00 am
Program Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Begins: 11:30 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Amanda Sink
Contact Phone: 815-435-0252
Contact Email: email@example.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.
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.
All activities, hope and healing, and merchandise sales will take place outside of Starlight Theatre. The ceremony will take place within Starlight Theatre and then the walk will proceed directly after on a short, but beautiful, half mile circular route. We encourage participants to make four laps for 2 miles, but wanted a short route for those who need it.
Become a Sponsor
Download the Rockford 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 Rockford 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 09/28/2019 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.
This event is pet-friendly but your animal MUST BE friendly, leashed, and cleaned up after (bags not provided). We will also have PTSD trained therapy dogs on site for comfort courtesy of Ms. Cristy's Dog Academy.
Activities of Hope and Healing
Please feel free to bring photos of your loved ones for our "In Memory" space. We will also have other activities for hope and healing like making your own stress balls, coping cards, resources for you to take with you, PTSD trained therapy dogs, and the 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.