Stephens City Walk

Join us on October 9, 2021

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Stephens City Walk

Event Details

Date: 10/09/2021
Location: Sherando High School and Sherando Park, Stephens City, VA 
Registration: 9:00 am
Event Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Winter Brooks 
Contact Phone: 540-664-8750 
Contact Email: winterbrooks.afsp@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday at Sherando High School & Park 

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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:


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.


Carry your cellphone to use for registration and donations and to read the QR codes on the signs along the walking path.  

Pets are allowed on a leash in Sherando Park.  Pets are NOT permitted at Sherando High School where our ceremonies and activities take place.   If you have your pet with you on the park portion of our route, please come prepared to clean up after them.

Coffee and water will be available at the event, and we also encourage you to 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/stephenscity 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 Stephens City event.  Join our Stephens City Out of the Darkness Walk Facebook group for additional event updates and information.

 

FAQs

What should I bring with me?

Face Mask, filled water bottle, cash or credit cards to purchase AFSP swag, your cell phone 

Where should I park?

Parking is available at the stadium at Sherando High School.

Can I bring my dog?

Pets are allowed on a leash in Sherando Park.  Pets are NOT permitted at Sherando High School where our ceremonies and activities take place.   If you have your pet with you on the park portion of our route, please come prepared to clean up after them.

Are there bathrooms?

Restrooms are located in the stadium and in Sherando Park.

What happens if it rains?

We walk rain or shine.  Please come dressed appropriately for the weather.

 

Join Us Today

#TogetherToFightSuicide

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

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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.

T-Shirts

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

 

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.

 

 

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.

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

 

Thank you for your support!