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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Orlando Experience

While the Orlando Out of the Darkness Walk is going to look different this year, our mission to Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide has not changed. We are a strong and resilient community, united in our effort to fight suicide, raise awareness, educate our communities, support those who have lost loved ones, and support those with lived experience. We use our voices and share our stories to provide hope.

We invite you to join us this Fall for an Out of the Darkness Experience. We’re working hard to plan meaningful opportunities to connect and inspire you, and we will share more details about our exciting plans in the coming weeks.

We want to keep you up-to-date with the most current information so be sure to sign up and join us here!

We are always #TogetherToFightSuicide

Event Details

Date: 02/06/2021
Location: Baldwin Park 
Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Vicki Long 
Contact Phone: 407-701-2422 
Contact Email: vlong.afsp@yahoo.com

Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until March 31st 2021.

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE EVENT TAKING PLACE?

We will be gathering at Baldwin Park in Orlando for a socially distanced walk on Saturday, February 6th 2021 at 8:00 am or you can choose to participate virtually wherever you like. In order to cut down on contact points at the walk we will not allow walk up registrations, please make sure you register online in advance.  The ceremony for the walk will be online this year and will be sharing a video on Youtube at 7 am EST on Saturday, February 6th.  We are still encouraging everyone to connect in our community, just in a different way.  You can walk with us at Baldwin Park, by yourself, or with your team, make your loved ones favorite meal, workout, do a relaxing activity, have a Zoom party with your team, or any other healing and connecting experience.

Reminders:

  1. You belong to a strong community united in an effort to fight suicide while showing up for yourself, recognizing and honoring those you love, raising awareness, educating communities, supporting one another, and sharing hope.
  2. We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
  3. While our 2020 events may look a little different than what we’ve come to expect, our mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide has not changed. Mental health and suicide prevention are more important than ever, and we’re confident that with your help we can reach more people than ever before.

WHY REGISTER?

  • All participants can create and join teams. This is a great way to motivate family, friends, and co-workers to join you!
  • Registered walkers will be emailed updates and invites to e-vents in the upcoming months, as well as given the opportunity to participate for incentive prizes
  • Individuals who raise $150 or more, will be shipped our exclusive 2021 Out of the Darkness t-shirt!
HAVING TROUBLE REGISTERING?

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide.  Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself, page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account, or page 8 if you’re signing up in person on the day of the event.  Be sure to also check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions on page 10.

If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your AFSP account and click on the “change team membership” option on the right hand side of your dashboard tab (on mobile you’ll need to click “dashboard” first).

IS THERE A FUNDRAISING MINIMUM?

No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official event shirt!  Anyone who raises $150 or more by February 6th, will receive their shirt mailed to them after the walk. 

Paws for Prevention

We all know how much our pets can help our mental health and our lives.  That's why we have our Paws for Prevention campaign.  Donate $20 and you will receive a doggie bandanna of your choice and a Paws for Prevention sticker!  Click here to get your Paws for Prevention goodies!

BECOME A SPONSOR

Click here to download the 2021 Orlando Sponsorship Package.  Sponsorship Levels start at just $250 and give any size business the opportunity to promote and advertise your business. 

For just $250, your company can have your logo on the backs of ALL Orlando participant t-shirts!

**The deadline for your logo to be on the shirts is Friday, February 5th**

For 33 years, AFSP as led the fight against suicide.  It is the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States.  By partnering with us as a sponsor, you will allow the Central Florida Chapter to fund life-saving research, create and implement educational programs, advocate for public policy on both the local and federal level, and support survivors of suicide loss.  By working together to improve the health and well-being of Floridians, we are connecting people to resources and programs, as well as removing barriers that stand in the way of people finding hope and healing.

Help Spread the Word!

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness 


  Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page. 

 
  Follow us on Twitter! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #outofthedarkness to your tweets!
 
 

Follow us on Instagram! Share and tag your photos with #outofthedarkness! Spread the word and ask for support by sharing the videos and social shares in the participant hub.

 

There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  Tell your story!

T-Shirts

Raise $150 by 02/06/2021 and an official Orlando Out of the Darkness T-shirt will be mailed to you after the walk. 

TEAM INCENTIVES
  • Walk teams that raise $1000 or more online by February 5th will have their team name printed on the backs of the t-shirts.
  • The overall Top 3 Teams as of Friday, January 15tth at NOON will be featured in our Opening Ceremony (Saturday, February 6th at 8:00am).

 

WALKER CENTRAL

When you register online, you will have access to AFSP’s Walker Central.  Walker Central is your hub for making the most out of your Out of the Darkness Experience.  You will find:

  • News and Updates
  • How to create a Facebook fundraiser that links directly to your account
  • Why I Walk Flyer
  • Custom Social Share Graphics
  • Achievement Badges
  • Fundraising Tips and Tools
  • Team Captain Resources and Team Captain Toolkit
  • And much more!
Activities of Hope and Healing

Photos to Include in the Opening Ceremony

Submit photos to be included in our 14th Annual Orlando Out of the Darkness Online Ceremony by clicking HERE. ** All photos must be received by 01/29/2021

Virtual HOPE Wall
We have created a virtual HOPE wall where you may post messages of HOPE and LOVE to inspire those who have been affected by suicide. Because we will be cutting down on our touch points at the walk, we created a virtual space to share messages of hope and love and share our Out of the Darkness Experience activities. Anyone can post to these walls, share stories or just take a look. These virtual walls will stay up until the end of the March, so make sure to check back! We will have to approve every single post to make sure all images and texts are safe, therefore it might take a few hours to show on the wall. Thank you for understanding!

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. Learn more by watching our honor bead video.

Team and Individual Walk Packets

We are taking extra measures to socially distance and will not be having our honor beads available for in person pick up.  We ask that Team Captains and Individuals request walk packets by Wednesday, January 27th 2021 by filling out our Walk Packet request form.  

All packets will be mailed in advance of the walk and include:

  • AFSP Honor Beads
  • "I'm Walking For Bibs or Buttons
  • Printed AFSP Materials 

The Out of the Darkness Experience 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.

DIGITAL RESOURCE FAIR

This year, in order to maximize social distancing efforts at the 14th Annual Orlando Out of the Darkness Walk we will not be having any vendor or sponsor tables. However, we have many community partners that provide wonderful resources to our community and feel it is important you know what resources are available in Central Florida. 

To lean more about each of our community partners please click on their logo. 

 

                      

       


If you're looking for resources, please visit www.afsp.org/resources.

Thank you for your support!