Walk Date: 09/20/2020
Walk Location: DMACC- Ankeny Campus, Bldg 5 - Ankeny, IA
Check-in/Registration Time: 12:00 pm
Walk Program Begins: 2:00 pm
Walk Ends: 4:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Joni Thornton & Nicole Mortenson
Contact Phone: 515-210-0476
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
Registration and all walk activities will be located in Building 5 at Ankeny DMACC Campus. Parking is available in lots M and L. There will be signs directing you to parking from Ankeny Blvd and Oralabor Rd. Handicap accessible parking is available. The walk route is a flat path around the lake at DMACC that is approximately 1.2 miles. It is wide enough for strollers and wheelchairs.
Click here for a map.
Leashed pets are allowed outside of building 5 and along the walk route. Service animals are allowed inside DMACC buildings as well.
Help Spread the Word!
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 09/20/2020 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
New this year: We will be having tribute signs available for walkers to earn or purchase to place along the walk route for their loved one. In order to earn or purchase a tribute sign, first make sure to register for the walk! Make a personal donation of $100 or more or fundraise $250 or more to your personal page. Then, please fill out *this* Google document with a photo and personal message to be placed on the sign. These signs will be available to the donor immediately after the walk to take home.
There will be multiple agencies and companies from across Iowa present where you will have the opportunity to collect materials, hear about upcoming events, find out to get involved, and connect with them regarding mental health and suicide prevention.
We have multiple activities located in the courtyard south of building 5 for the whole family. Face painting, temporary tattoos, bead bracelet making, super heroes, music, and more! Come early to enjoy the activities prior to the walk program at 2:00pm.
Memory Wall and Buttons
Please bring a small photo of your loved one to create a button to wear in their memory. This picture will be used in the button, so make sure it is a copy!
Bring photos or notes to add to the memory wall in honor of your loved one. These are always saved at the end of the walk, so make sure to grab your item before you leave if you want to keep it.
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.