Date: Saturday, November 7th, 2020
Location: Aldrich Park @ UC Irvine - Irvine, CA -- NEW LOCATION!
Parking: ~Details coming soon~
Dog Friendly: ESA & Service Dogs Only
Walker Check-In/Registration Time: 8:00am - 9:30am
Resource Fair & Survivor Activities Start: 8:00am
Opening Ceremony Begins: 9:30am
Walk Begins (approx.): 10:00am
Walk Route: ~Scroll down for details~
Event Ends: 12:00pm
For more information, please contact:
Name: Orange County Walk Committee
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 event during the check-in time listed above. 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 goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.
Click the Register Now button at the top of the page to get started!
LOCATION + WALK ROUTE
This year's event will be held at the beautiful and serene ALDRICH PARK on the campus of the University of California, Irvine! (Click here for a virtual tour.) Aldrich Park is the centerpeice of the UCI campus and contains over 11,000 trees and shrubs (lots of shade!). The walk route will take place on "Ring Road" which surrounds the park and is flat, and stroller and wheelchair friendly.
Click here to download the Walk Sponsorship Opportunities packet or contact us and we'll send you a copy. ALL sponsors will receive numerous marketing benefits, including a spot in the Walk Resource Fair!
Want to host an information table inside the Walk Community Resource Fair? Click here to register as an exhibitor (501c3 non-profit organizations only). **Deadline to register is October 30th.**
Dedicate a sign for a loved one...CLICK HERE. Create a sign in honor of someone who bravely battles mental illness or in memory of a loved one lost to suicide. These signs will be placed along the walk route as a memorial to those we have lost and as a reminder of why we fight to bring the issue of suicide out of the darkness and help those who may still be struggling.
For a $50 donation, a sign will be professional printed with a photo and personalized with a message or quote. You are welcome to take your sign home with you after the event. If you rather us keep it, know that we will safely store the sign and display it at other events. **Deadline to order is October 20th.**
Raise $150 by November 7th (the day of the event) 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 tents on the day of the event.
VOLUNTEER WITH US ON WALK DAY
Volunteers assist with everything from set-up and breakdown to food and beverage stations, to route support, prize giveaways, and much more! Click here to register as a volunteer and make sure to join the AFSP OC Volunteers Facebook Group.
- Walk teams that raise $1500 or more online by October 15th will have a handheld TEAM NAME SIGN printed to carry at the event!
- The team that fundraises the most online by November 6th (the Friday before the event) at noon will carry the AFSP banner and lead the route!
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 Walk is a journey of remembrance and an event 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 (available for free at the Honor Beads tent on the day of the event, while supplies last) - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience.
MESSAGES OF HOPE
We want to spread the message that it is possible to overcome suicidal thoughts and feelings and that there are many resources available to help those who are struggling to cope. We will have a special area at this year's event for walkers to create a "message of hope" for themselves, someone they know, or just to provide strength to someone who might be struggling. Help us create a "community of caring" by letting each other know that anyone can experience suicidal thoughts but there is help, and there is hope.
If you are a survivor of suicide loss, we encourage you to bring a non-returnable photo of your loved one to the event to add to our Remembrance Tent. AFSP's Remembrance Tent is an opportunity for walkers to share special photos and written memories of their loved one with others, or to simply pause for a quiet moment of reflection.
Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the Walk Resource Fair. Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 8:00am. This is your opportunity to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to making a difference in the community.