Walk Date: 11/02/2019
Walk Location: Herman Park - Goldsboro, NC
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Program Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:20 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jenna Rogers
Contact Phone: 812-568-0385
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.
Jenna Rogers (Walk Chair) & Family
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.
The Walk will start at fountain on Park Ave, turning right on N Herman St. Then turning right on Beech St, right on Jackson St, right on Ash St and right again on N Herman St. Walkers will make a full lap around Herman Park, taking this route and then an additional half lap around the park, returning to the fountain via Jackson St onto Park Ave. View route here.
Become a Sponsor
Download the Goldsboro Walk SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $100, 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 Goldsboro 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 11/02/2019 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.
Raise a Paw for Prevention! You and your furry friend can help fight suicide! Each $10 Paws for Prevention donation supports AFSP's life-saving mission and comes with an official AFSP doggy bandana. Table will be set up at event to purchase your doggy bandana.
Note: All dogs must be leashed and accompanied by a registered Out of the Darkness Walk participant. Please remember to clean up after your dog.
Activities of Hope and Healing
There will be a painted rocks station, where we will be creating messages of hope to leave around the community.
Our Wall of Hope started in 2017 and continues every year! At the end of each walk, all hands are connected by a red line to symbolize the red thread. The wall is based around a Chinese legend about the Red Thread of Destiny. The Red Thread of Destiny is a belief that comes from an ancient Chinese lore. It is also known as the ‘Red Thread of Fate’ or ‘Red String of Fate.’
It means that people who are destined to meet are tied together with an invisible Red Thread. Legend has it that the people connected by this thread will have a major story, regardless of the time, place or circumstances. The Red String might get tangled, contracted or stretched, as surely often happens, but it can never break.
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.
New to this year's Walk will be the bead ceremony. This video is from one of AFSP's Overnight Walks:
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.
Jenna Rogers (Walk Chair), Diane Coutts (1st Walk Chair, passed away from cancer in Feb 2017) & Betsy Rhodes (NC Associate Area Director)