Lake Charles Walk

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Lake Charles Walk

Join us to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide at the Lake Charles Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday, September 18th! This year, we're offering two options to walk, on the day of the Lake Charles Community Walk (in-person, as permitted by state and local guidelines on event day) or virtually at a location of your choice (with safe distancing guidelines). Read on for more details!

COVID-19 Update: Your safety and well-being will always be our top priority, and while we remain hopeful that we'll be able to gather in person once again this fall, we are closely monitoring CDC, state AND local guidelines and will continue to share updates in the coming weeks and months.

Event Details

Date: 09/18/2021
Location: McNeese Cowboy Stadium 
Registration: 8:30 am
Event Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Dr. Kevin Yaudes 
Contact Phone: 504-220-6100 
Contact Email: kyaudes@mcneese.edu

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

#TogetherToFightSuicide

IMPORTANT LAKE CHARLES WALK UPDATE

More than ever, our mission to save lives remains our priority, and we cannot do this work without you. Please read below for important event updates and download our official walk guide here. The walk committee appreciates your support and flexibility with ongoing planning!

Registration: Be sure to check-in through Lot B to receive a suicide prevention wristband and honor beads! To keep our volunteers and walkers safe, registration will be online only this year. Please spread the word and encourage your team members to register online before the event. We will have QR codes around Cowboy Stadium for walkers to register the day of the event. Volunteers will be available to assist walkers as needed. Registration will be near Lot B. 

Donations: Please donate online or mail your donations before the walk to AFSP using our offline donation form (download here). Be sure to include the walker and team name. Donations can be turned in at registration. Donations can also be made online using the QR codes available at the event. 

T-shirts: There's still time to qualify for an event t-shirt! Raise $150 or more by 10/30 and you'll get an official 2021 t-shirt mailed directly to you! Register today and ask 15 friends for $10 or more. To streamline efforts, t-shirts will be mailed directly to for qualifying participants (those who raise $150 or more by 10/30). No t-shirts will be available at the walk. Thank you for your understanding!

COVID Safety Guidelines: 

In an effort to keep our community safe, we will be implementing the following COVID-19 safety guidelines: 

  • Maintaining a minimum of 6 feet distance between you and individuals outside of your home. 
  • Encouraging the use of masks. Masks will be available at check-in.  
  • Hand sanitizer stations around the event. 

Please participate virtually at home if any of the following apply:  

  • You have been exposed to COVID-19/have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the flu, or has exhibited COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms within the last 14 days.
  • You have any COVID-19 symptoms or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose or congestion, muscle aches or fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, etc.), or if you're not feeling well.

What to bring:  

  • Mask (masks are encouraged) 
  • Sunscreen
  • Phone
  • Water bottle
  • Your team! 

Parking and Directions:  

Get Registered

To help streamline efforts, please register online before the event. If you are registering the day of, please utilize the QR codes on display at registration to quickly and safely complete registration.

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).

Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks. Your safety and well-being will always be our top priority, and while we remain hopeful that we'll be able to gather in person once again this fall, we are closely monitoring CDC and local guidelines and will continue to share updates in the coming weeks and months.

Though there are many unknowns, there are a few things we know for sure:

  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. 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.

 

Become an Event Sponsor!

You can be an everyday hero in the fight against suicide! Click here to view our 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities. 

 

Help Spread the Word!

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

Raise $150 by 09/18/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt! In an effort to keep walkers and volunteers safe at our events, AFSP will mail all t-shirts to walkers who have raised $150 or more. T-shirts will not be available for pick-up at the event. Please let us know if you have any questions. We truly appreciate your understanding. 

Activities of Hope and Healing

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!