Walk Date: 11/03/2019
Walk Location: Wrightsville Beach Park - Wilmington, NC
Check-in/Registration Time: 12:30 pm
Program Begins: 2:00 pm
Walk Begins: 2:15 pm
Walk Ends: 3:15 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Ashley Bardsley, Leila Garriss, Rainey Scrocco & Yuna Shin (912-552-0463)
Contact Phone: 910-297-6626
Contact Email: WilmingtonOOTD@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.
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.
Starting at the Wrightsville Beach Park in front of Town Hall, the 2.5 mile walk will begin on Causeway Drive headed toward W. Salisbury St., where you will take a right and head over the causeway and toward the beach. Then you will take a right onto Lumina Ave., followed by a right on Causeway Drive and returning to the field in front of Town Hall. Make sure to come back to the field to hear the top fundraisers and who won raffle items!
Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event, and with a $10 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the Paws for Prevention Tent.
Become a Sponsor
Download the Wilmington Area 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!
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 11/03/2019 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.
Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area.
Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 12:30 pm. This will be an opportunity to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, and providing support to those impacted by suicide loss.
Bounce House, Face painting, Corn Hole, DJ Music, Silent Raffle and Games
Activities of Hope and Healing
Bring a few photos or copies of photos on paper to add to our Memory Wall. A special take-home activity will also be available.
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.