Rockford Walk

Join us on September 28, 2019

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Event Details

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: rockfordoutofdarkness@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 Rockford 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

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.

Click here for a map

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


  Follow Us! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page.  View 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!
 
 
 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 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. 

Pets

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.

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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