Walk Date: 02/01/2020
Walk Location: Baldwin Park (2420 Lakemont Ave) - Orlando, FL
Check-in/Registration Time: 7:30 am
Program Begins: 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 9:30 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Vicki Long
Contact Phone: 407-701-2422
Contact Email: [email protected]
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 March 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.
About the Walk
13th Annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk, is a 2.6 mile scenic walk around Lake Baldwin. It's a journey of hope — to heal the losses of the past and help prevent suicide from taking more lives. Proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, to fund research, education, survivor and awareness programs — both to prevent suicide and to assist those affected by suicide.
Become a Sponsor
Download the Orlando 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 Orlando 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 02/01/2020 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.
Any team that raises $1,000 by January 2, 2019 will have their team name printed on the back of the 2020 Orlando Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt.
The Top Fundraising team as of 9 am on 2/2/20 will lead the walk by carrying the AFSP Central Florida Chapter Banner.
The Top Fundraising individual as of 9am on 2/1/20 will release the first dove in our dove release ceremony.
**note - for the safety of the birds the dove release ceremony is weather permitting.
Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at our event. AND - with a $5 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the Paws for Prevention Table and you can also get a ticket to win a Doggie Basket.
Activities of Hope and Healing
We will have activities of hope and healing. Feel free to bring a positive message or picture of a loved one to share on our memory walk. Along the walk we will have the opportunity for you to draw or write a message with chalk on the sidewalk. Also we will have a butterfly tree.
Honor your loved one at the Memory Wall. Please bring a copy of your loved one's picture Pictures will not be returned and may be displayed at future Walks, awareness and educational events.
Dedicate a sign in memory of a loved one lost to suicide. These signs will be displayed at the Orlando Out of the Darkness Walk as a memorial to those we have lost and as a reminder of why we fight to bring the issue of suicide out of the darkness and help those who may still be struggling.
The sign will be created in memory of your loved one and personalized with a message or quote.
If you are interested, please fill out this form and payment by Wednesday, January 22nd.
Memory Signs Cost $50 - Following completion of this online form an AFSP Representative will follow up with an invoice.
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.