Walk Date: 12/05/2020
Walk Location: Lake Hollingsworth - Lakeland, FL
Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
Walk Program Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Jessica Toy
Contact Phone: 954-439-4975
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 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 bold 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
The opening ceremony and the walk start/finish is located at “Thomas B. Mack Park”. If you plug the park into your GPS, it will bring you right there! It is located on the northwest end of the lake. Parking is available on the Florida Southern College campus. The walk route is approximately 3 miles around Lake Hollingsworth and you can walk as much or as little as you choose!
Become a Sponsor
Download the Polk 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!
Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to walk), each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs both in Polk County and nationally.
There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:
1. Personalize your walker page online. Telling your story will make those who see your page feel more emotionally connected to you and the cause. If you're a team captain, be sure to personalize your team page!
2. Donate to yourself, even if just a modest sum of $20, to show others you are committed to the cause. It's easier to ask others for money if they see you have also donated.
3. Share your page and story with others. It's OK to ask for donations! And you may have to ask several times – that’s OK too!
You are also welcome to hold your own third-party fundraiser and use those funds raised toward your individual or team goal.
Contact us for supporting your private fundraiser: [email protected]
Don’t miss our Walker Central website for some great tips and some great social media apps to help you
promote your walk participation.
Leashed, well-behaved pets are welcome at the Walk.
Help Spread the Word!
Download the Polk County Walk Flyer. 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 12/05/2020 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 donations the day of the Walk.
Activities of Hope and Healing
Children are welcome! We will have an opening ceremony along with other memorial activities available for all to enjoy.
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. Learn more by watching our honor bead video.
The Out of the Darkness Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.
If you're looking for resources, please visit www.afsp.org/resources.