Walk Date: 09/23/2017
Walk Location: Hart Plaza - Detroit, MI
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/23/2017 at 8:00 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Anne Perry
Contact Phone: 248-425-2178
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.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. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.
Welcome to the Metro Detroit
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
Saturday, September 23, 2017
|Registration:||8:00am - 10:00am|
This is a 5k, take your time, walk. The walkway is paved, flat land, and is stroller/wheelchair accessible. We will start at Hart Plaza, and walk part of the beautiful Detroit riverfront. We will end in the same location. Specific route information, coming soon!
Download the Metro Detroit Out of the Darnkess 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, and we are happy to work with you to develop an individual marketing strategy to fit the specific needs of your business.
Download the Metro Detroit 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! Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives! Downloadable copy coming soon, but we always need help putting up our posters! From Royal Oak to Novi, From Detroit to Birmingham, we need your help! Please contact Anne Perry at email@example.com and we will be happy to send you some posters! Thanks!
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 09/23/2017 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.
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 Tent, and be entered to win a special doggie prize!
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 and remain open until 12:00 pm. 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.
We will also have an AFSP tent, where you will be able to find out more information about volunteer opportunities, advocacy events, survivor day events, campus walks, Interactive Screening programs, and more!
Families and children will have plenty to do, at our Kids Care Zone. There will be a Home Depot Build area, Henna artists and more!
Food Trucks! New this year, there will be several food trucks with food for purchase. We will make sure to have a little something for everyone, so come hungry!
Make sure to bring a picture of your loved one for our memory tent. Poster-boards welcome also. Alternatively you can email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in our slideshow.
We will once again have an art project for you to participate in, which will be displayed during the event. More details to come!
Honor Beads and Story Stickers:
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.
The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance and a walk that unites a community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We all wear honor beads - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience
We are sensitive to the fact that people are in varying stages of their grief and healing. Story stickers will let your fellow walkers know that you are willing to share your story. If you see someone wearing one, stop and ask them about their journey.
BE THE VOICE! Our merchandise tent is bigger and better than ever before! Tons of Be the Voice items, as well as OOTD and AFSP goods.
414 Renaissance Dr. W
Detroit, MI 48226
Handy Park (2)
Millender Center Garage
Detroit, MI 48226
One Detroit Garage
Two Detroit Garage
Family Tent Area
Please note that tents are not allowed this year. Instead families/teams are welcome to set up shop with blankets and chairs. Space is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis.
The Citizen Yoga Wellness Tent
New this year- Yoga consults, acupuncture, massage and much more to destress and relax!
We will once again have a team photographer, so make sure to stop by and get a photo of your team!
We are happy to have the Silence Shoot joining us this year. Stop by and take part in this unique photography project and take a stand against bullying and suicide.
*Fundraising Incentives to be announced soon, so form your team today! If you would like more info on creative ways to fundraise for your team (bowling events, restaurant fundraisers, garage sales etc…) contact Anne Perry at email@example.com
The top teams will receive a special plaque and be recognized in our opening ceremony!
Online registration closes at noon 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. 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 AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, 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.