Orlando Walk

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Welcome to the 15th Annual
Out of the Darkness Orlando Walk

Event Details 

Date: 02/05/2022
Location: Baldwin Park, Orlando, FL 
Registration: 7:30 am
Event Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Vicki Long 
Contact Phone: 407-646-2227 
Contact Email: vlong.afsp@yahoo.com

Join Us Today

We're moving forward with plans to host our Out of the Darkness Community Walks in person beginning fall 2021. The health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers will be our top priorities as we work with local authorities to make decisions about event details, and we'll continue to offer options to participate online and in your neighborhood.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to be there for one another and take steps to safeguard our mental health and prevent suicide.

Register today to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements for the Orlando Walk.

#TogetherToFightSuicide

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

 

 
 
 

About the Walk

15th Annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk, is a 2.6 mile scenic walk around Lake Baldwin. It's a journey of hope — to heal the losses of the past and help prevent suicide from taking more lives. Proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, to fund research, education, survivor and awareness programs — both to prevent suicide and to assist those affected by suicide.

Register Now

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).

Why Register?

Our community has always been the heart of the Out of the Darkness Walks. The global pandemic has impacted the emotional and economic well-being of many individuals and families, and left many of us to manage a variety of emotions, including feelings of uncertainty. We also know increases in suicide are not a foregone conclusion if we act now to mitigate risk and support the mental health of our friends, families, and neighbors. But we need your help. Every dollar you raise through the Out of the Darkness Walks allows AFSP to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide. 

It’s more important than ever for us to stay connected. 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.

Register Today and help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.

Become A Sponsor

Download the Orlando Walk 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!

Click here to upload your sponsor agreement and logo online.

Help Spread the Word! 

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

Download the Orlando Walk event flyer


  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 02/05/2022 and receive an official Out of the Darkness 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. 

Any team that raises $1,000 by January 7, 2022 will have their team name printed on the back of the 2022 Orlando Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt. 

The Top Fundraising team as of 9 am on 2/5/22 will lead the walk by carrying the AFSP Central Florida Chapter Banner. 

The Top Fundraising individual as of 9am on 2/5/22 will release the first dove in our dove release ceremony.

**note - for the safety of the birds the dove release ceremony is weather permitting. 

Pets

Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at our event. AND - with a $5 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the Paws for Prevention Table and you can also get a ticket to win a Doggie Basket.

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.

We will have activities of hope and healing. Feel free to bring a positive message or picture of a loved one to share on our memory walk. Along the walk we will have the opportunity for you to draw or write a message with chalk on the sidewalk. Also we will have a butterfly tree.

Memory Wall

Honor your loved one at the Memory Wall. Please bring a copy of your loved one's picture Pictures will not be returned and may be displayed at future Walks, awareness and educational events.

 

Memory Signs

Dedicate a sign in memory of a loved one lost to suicide. These signs will be displayed at the Orlando Out of the Darkness Walk 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.

The sign will be created in memory of your loved one and personalized with a message or quote.

If you are interested, please fill out this form and payment by Wednesday, January 19th.

Memory Signs Cost $50 - Following completion of this online form an AFSP Representative will follow up with an invoice.

Butterfly Tree

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!