Phoenix Area Walk

Join us on November 3, 2019

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Event Details

Walk Date: 11/03/2019
Walk Location: Salt River Fields - Scottsdale, AZ
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Program Begins/Opening Ceremony: 10:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:20 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Cori Frolander 
Contact Phone: 480-262-1746 
Contact Email: cfrolander@afsp.org

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 Phoenix Area 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

The walk will be between 1-2 miles (still TBD). Participants will get a behind the scenes look at Salt River Fields as they follow a flat course around the facility and through the practice fields on this flat, easy to navigate, route. Participants should note, some parts of the route may be unpaved. 

Become a Sponsor

Download the Phoenix SPONSORSHIP PACKET. With sponsorship opportunities starting at only $1000 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 Phoenix 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. Don’t forget to follow our chapter page at @ArizonaChapterAFSP and let your friends know you are participating or interested in the event! 
 
  Follow Us! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #outofthedarkness and #20x2025 to your tweets!  Follow the chapter at @afspaz
 

  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).  Follow the chapter at @afspaz

 

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 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. 

FAQs

Can I bring my dog to the event this year?

Unfortunately, no. As per the rules of our new venue, dogs (except for service animals) are NOT allowed at the event this year. Dog owners will still be able to purchase a PAWS FOR PREVENTION bandana at the AFSP Pop-up Shop for just $10 to bring home to their pooches. 

Do I have to register my child?

All participants 12 and older must be registered for the event. 

Where should I park?

Parking will be available in the Salt River Fields parking lots. Some parking lots may require participants to walk a short distance to the event site so we encourage you to arrive early if you require parking closer to the venue. 

Can I turn in my donations at the event?

YES! While we encourage you to utilize our online fundraising pages to collect donations we will accept cash, check and credit card donations at the event. In order for the individuals who donated to you to receive proper recognition, please include this form with your donations when you turn them in.

How far is the walk? What is the route like?

The walk will be between 1-2 miles (still TBD). Participants will get a behind the scenes look at Salt River Fields as they follow a flat course around the facility and through the practice fields on this flat, easy to navigate, route. Participants should note, some parts of the route may be unpaved. 

Do you need volunteers for the event?

YES! We need volunteers for our planning committee and to help the day-of the event. If you are interested in helping to plan the event, we encourage you to attend one of our walk committee meetings. Committee meetings are hosted once a month and details can be found on Facebook and our afsp.org/Arizona website. 

If you are interested in volunteering the day-of the event, please register for the event and indicate during the registration process that you would like to volunteer.  

How much is registration?

Registration for the event is free! In order to receive a t-shirt participants must individually raise a minimum of $150 before the morning of the event. 

Resource Fair

Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area.

Information tables hosted by sponsors and community organizations will open at 9:00 am.  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.

Interested in hosting a community resource table this year? Click here for more information and requirements. 

Activities of Hope and Healing

Remembrance Tree

Participants will have the opportunity to write messages of hope and healing on the leaves of the remembrance trees and attach photos of loved ones to create a powerful visual representation of why we are walking that day. 

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!