Ocala Walk

Join us on October 26, 2019

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Event Details

Walk Date: 10/26/2019
Walk Location: Sholom Park 7110 SW 80th Avenue - Ocala, FL 34481
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:30 am
Program Begins: 10:30 am
Walk Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

Pets are not allowed at this event.  Service animals are permitted.

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Sarah Clark 
Contact Phone: 561-392-7877 
Contact Email: sclark@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 Ocala 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.

A Little Bit About Sholom Park

Sholom Park was designed as a place to find inner peace and to thrive in the Central Florida climate. The park requires little or no supplemental watering. Native plants are combined with cultivated ornamentals, perennials, and annuals creating a beautiful and resilient landscape. Sholom Park offers a place of natural beauty, comprised of meadows, woodland areas, added flowers and trees, as well as native wildlife for everyone to enjoy.

Paved walkways meander throughout the park, winding through mature oaks, hickories, sweet gums and long leaf pine trees, as they allow guests to move from one trail or feature to the next. Trails lead guests to explore the park. There are numerous benches available upon which guests may rest as needed.  For more information about the park, you can visit http://www.sholompark.org/sholom-park-story/.

Sholom Park Guidelines

We ask that you please adhere and follow the park guidelines:

Pets are not allowed in the park as they may disturb the natural inhabitants of the park.  Only service animals are permitted, and we ask that you please clean up after your pet.

Please do not feed the wildlife within the park, and do not bring or take wildlife to or from the park.

Motorized vehicles are not allowed in the park. Exceptions include official Sholom Park vehicles and devices for disabled persons.

Skates, skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles and scooters are not permitted.

No smoking or vaping is permitted in the Park.

Alcohol and illegal drugs are not allowed in the park.

Park officials reserve the right to ask visitors to leave park grounds if they are disrupting the tranquility of the park. Future admission may be denied to those who fail to honor the park’s guidelines.

We live in one world; let us respect it and let us respect one another.

Parking

Parking is available on the North side of the park.  It is the farm entrance that is located on 80th Ave at the north end of the 3 board white vinyl fence.

Walk Route

We will be walking the Prairie Trail Path, along with the Enchanted Forest Path, which totals 0.75 miles.  We encourage you to walks multiple times, but feel free to walk as much or as little, as you need.

Parking

Parking is available at the main section of the walk.  We do ask that those be reserved for our handicapped participants.  There is another section for parking with just a short walk to the registration area and the stage.  We will have volunteers and signage to help direct you.

Become a Sponsor

Download the Ocala 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!

Help Spread the Word!

Download the Ocala 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 our 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!
 
 
  Follow Us! 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 10/26/2019 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. 

Activities of Hope and Healing

We all walk for different reasons. Maybe we have lost a loved one to suicide. Perhaps we walk because we live with a mental health condition. Some of us walk in support of a loved one. The one thing that connects all of us is a desire to stop suicide. 

It is our goal to honor all of the reasons our community members choose to join us on walk day. Whether you spend time talking with one another, enjoying the park, taking a look at our Hope and Healing section, or listening to music, we hope you will find community, connection and inspiration to #BeTheVoice. 

A glimpse of this year's Walk day:

We will have our Memory Board where we encourage you to bring a photo of your loved one and/or write a message to share.  You may take your photos home after the walk.  Please keep in mind the weather when bringing your photo.  

Butterfly Station:  Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope and life.  Through many heartfelt stories, we have heard butterflies symbolizing the passing of a loved one, or life struggles that people have endured.  We will have a table with plantable seed paper butterflies.  You can write a loved one’s name on it and take it home with you to plant.  When you get home, soak butterfly in water overnight and then tear up and plant under a think layer of soil.

Water and light snacks will be available.

There will be a selection of AFSP merchandise for sale. Wearing a "HOPE" shirt is a great conversation starter! 

Our volunteers are putting together a great selection of raffle items.  Please bring cash for the raffle area.

DJ Dave will be playing a variety of music throughout the event.

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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