Walworth County Walk

Join us on October 26, 2019

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Event Details

Walk Date: 10/26/2019
Walk Location: Walworth County Fairgrounds - Elkhorn, WI
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Program Begins: 10:30 am
Walk Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

Closing Ceremony with Silent Auction Winners Announced (winners MUST be present to collect prize): 12:00 PM

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Deb Jagodzinski & Christine Hanson 
Contact Phone: 262-427-1277 
Contact Email: cahanson@mhemail.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 Walworth County 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

Walk begins at the Walworth County Fairgrounds Activity Center (located in the back of the park next to the animal barns). Clearly marked signs will guide you on a 2-mile route around the fairgrounds.

Pets

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 Table.

Become a Sponsor

Download the Walworth County 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 Walworth County 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


  Follow Us! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page.  Click here to view the Walworth County Suicide Prevention Education and Awareness Coalition 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!
 
 
 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

Balloon Release

Before the walk begins we will release balloons for each color of beads listed below to represent the connection each of us has to suicide. You will be invited to go to the balloon that represents your connection during the balloon release. An honorary person from each group will cut the ribbon to release the balloon. If you are interested in being this honorary person please contact one of the co-chairs listed above. 

Memorial Photographs

If you would like a photo of someone you have lost to suicide included in our memorial, please e-mail a photo to one of the co-chairs. We will print and laminate the photos and include them in our display. 

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.

 

Post Walk Meal

Please join us in the Activity Center following the walk for lunch and camaraderie. All are welcome!

Resource Fair

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 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.

Silent Auction

We will have a silent auction with a variety of items donated by local businesses. You may pay via cash, check, or credit card. Winners announced at the end of the walk. You must be present to pick up your item. 

 

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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