Virginia Peninsula Walk
Join us on October 9, 2021
Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Virginia Peninsula Walk
Location: Newport News Park, Newport News, VA
Registration: 9:00 am
Event Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Christy Elliott
Contact Phone: 757-880-3273
Contact Email: peninsulaOODwalk@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday at Newport News Park
We walk rain or shine. Please come prepared for the forecasted weather. If dangerous weather occurs, and there are changes to the event, we will post them here.
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AFSP Swag Update
Due to unforeseen circumstances, merchandise in our swag store tomorrow may differ from that pictured in previous emails, and we will be able to accept cash only for merchandise on site at the walk.
Those wishing to purchase via credit card may do so online at afsp.org/store.
We will be doing things a bit differently this year out of an abundance of caution, and we want to thank our walk planning committee for their hard work in creating an experience with your safety and wellness in mind. We look forward to returning to our traditional event format in the future.
Items to note for Saturday, October 9th:
Please plan to arrive no earlier than 8:30am.
Note from our Walk Chair, Christy Elliott: Due to the volume of questions received and surrounding noise on walk day, texting is recommended in order to receive a timely response from me while onsite.
Walkers are strongly encouraged to wear masks out of respect for vulnerable participants. Masks will be available on site by request for anyone who forgets to bring one with them to the event. Masks and hand sanitizer will be located at the Registration/Check-In area.
A first aid station will be located between the 2 shelters, and roaming volunteers will be available for first aid as needed.
Carry your cellphone to use for registration and donations, our photo op area, and to read the QR codes on the signs along the walking path.
Pets are allowed on a leash. It is your responsibility to clean up after them, please.
We will have a limited supply of water on the route. Please bring a filled water bottle to the walk with you.
Please register online in advance. While registration will be available onsite, we ask you to help us reduce congestion to keep participants safe. You can register online at afsp.org/vapeninsula prior to the event. Participants may also self-register by scanning our QR code banner upon arrival at the event. This will allow more space at our check-in area to safely serve those without online registration capability.
T-shirts will be available for pickup at the walk for individuals who raised $150+ by event day while supplies last. It has been exceptionally difficult to estimate attendance numbers this year due to late registrations and COVID-19. If you earn a shirt by 10/9/21 and do not receive it at the event, our volunteers will take your contact information and one will be ordered for you following the walk. Please be considerate of the volunteers working in the T-shirt area as they do their best to help you.
Watch your email prior to the event to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements for the Virginia Peninsula event. Join our Virginia Peninsula Out of the Darkness Walk Facebook group for additional event updates and information.
Schedule of Events
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Arrival/Check-In
Registration will be available onsite (online pre-registration encouraged) - turn additional funds in at registration
Pick up your T-shirt if you have raised $150 as an individual
Visit the Resource and Advocacy tables
Shop AFSP swag available for purchase
10:00 AM Opening Ceremony (Stage)
Walk Begins Immediately Following Ceremony
What should I bring with me?
Face Mask, filled water bottle, cash or credit cards to purchase AFSP swag, a chair (if desired), your cell phone
Where should I park?
Immediately upon entering the park, make a right turn onto the trail to the large parking lot. Attendants will be in place to direct you as you approach our walk site. Please do not park near shelters, as these areas need to be kept clear for loading and unloading event supplies.
Can I bring my dog?
Leashed, friendly pets are welcome. Please come prepared to clean up after your pet. If it is warm, please remember to bring water to keep your friend cool.
Are there bathrooms?
Restrooms are located near the ranger station, just past our start/finish line.
What happens if it rains?
We walk rain or shine. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather.
Join Us Today
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
Having trouble registering? Click here to view a step-by-step guide. Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself or page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account. 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).
Help Spread the Word!
Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use the hashtags #AFSPVA, #OutoftheDarkness and #TogetherToFightSuicide
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. One of the best ways to raise awareness and increase understanding is by sharing your story.
Individuals who raise $150 by 10/09/2021 will receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt! T-shirts will be available for pickup at the walk while supplies last. It has been exceptionally difficult to estimate attendance numbers this year due to late registrations and COVID-19. If you earn a shirt by 10/9/21 and do not receive it at the event, our volunteers will take your contact information and one will be ordered for you following the walk. Please be considerate of the volunteers working in the T-shirt area as they do their best to help you.
Activities of Hope and Healing
Add to our Out of the Darkness Photo Mosaic
Show how our communities across the country are working #TogethertoFightSuicide by uploading your photos to our digital photo mosaic.
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.