St. Augustine Walk

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness St. Augustine Walk

The St. Augustine Out of the Darkness Walk is a special event that provides community, connection, healing, and hope for survivors of suicide loss and those with lived experience.

Updates:  We are hosting the St. Augustine Out of the Darkness Walk in-person on Saturday, October 23rd at Pedro Menendez High School on their track.  The walk takes place from 9 am - 12 pm. There will not be a formal open ceremony or timed activities, so feel free to come when you want.

*Pre-registered participants no longer need to check-in at the Walk, so we encourage you to register, invite friends, fundraise and donate in advance to make your day-of-event experience as safe and streamlined as possible.  Be sure to read on for information and FAQ's regarding the walk!

***Team Incentive***

Any Team that raises $500 or more on event day (October 23rd) will have their Team Name on the backs of all the t-shirts!

Register today to stay up-to-date on the latest news and announcements for the St. Augustine Walk.  #TogetherToFightSuicide

Every dollar you raise through the St. Augustine Walk allows AFSP to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide.

Event Details

Date: 10/23/2021
Location: Pedro Menendez HS, Track/Field, 600 State Road 206 West, St. Augustine, FL 

Event Time: 9 am - 12 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Mindi Iannarelli 
Contact Phone: 352-615-5010 
Contact Email: walkagainstsuicide.sta@gmail.com

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

Registration & Walk FAQs

Why Register?

We're looking forward to seeing you in person this Fall!  Registered participants no longer need to check-in at the Walk, so we encourage you to register, invite friends, fundraise and donate in advance to make your day-of-event experience as safe and streamlined as possible.  Learn more about our return to in-person events HERE.

When and where is the event taking place? 

The event is taking place on Saturday, October 23rd at the Pedro Menendez High School track (600 State Road 206 West, St. Augustine, FL 32086).  If you are unable to make the event in-person, we would love to have your participate virtually.  The walk is open from 9 am - 12 pm. We will not have a formal opening ceremony and there are no timed activities, so feel free to come when you want.

Are pets allowed? 

Pets are not allowed.  Only service animals are permitted.

Is there a registration fee?

No, there is no registration fee to participate.  The event is open to everyone.

Do children need to register?

Children under the age of 12 do not need to register.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

No, but we do strongly encourage each participant to set a minimum $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official St. Augustine Out of the Darkness walk t-shirt!

How do I get a T-Shirt?

Any individual who raises $150 or more will receive our official St. Augustine Walk t-shirt.  All t-shirts will be mailed after the walk, so make sure your address and t-shirt size are correct and up-to-date.

How do I register and set-up my personal fundraising page?  

Click here to view a step-by-step guide on how to register, log-in and set up your fundraising page.  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.

From your Dashboard, you will can view your page, edit your profile, make a donation, view donations received, create a Facebook fundraiser, and download resources.

How do I create a team or join a team?

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).

Can I bring donations to the walk?

Donations can be turned in at the walk.  Both credit and cash donations are accepted.  Please note that we will NOT have cash available to make change.  Donations are 100% tax deductible, and we will continue to accept donations through December 31, 2021. 

We strongly encourage everyone to either mail checks in ahead of time and/or ask your supporters to donate online whenever possible.  

Offline Donation Forms are available to download HERE.

How You Can Help

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the St. Augustine Walk shows the community that your business/organization cares about mental health and suicide prevention.  It shows that you care about your community.  Partner with us to help stop this leading cause of death.  Download the St. Augustine Walk Sponsorship Packet With opportunities for sponsorship starting at only $250, this is the perfect chance for both large and small businesses to help play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community.  All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits.

Share on Social Media

Share your story, post photos, invite others to join you or donate to your fundraising efforts.  Social media is a powerful tool!  Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! Use the hashtags #OutoftheDarkness and #TogetherToFightSuicide

Create a Facebook Fundraiser that Automatically Links to your Account

On Your Computer:  Sign-in to your account.  Go to your Dashboard.  On the right-hand side you will see the "Your Fundraising" tab, click on "Create a Facebook Fundraiser", and follow the steps from there.

On Your Phone:  Sign-in to your account.  Go to your Dashboard.  Scroll until you see the "Your Fundraising" tab, click on "Create a Facebook Fundraiser", and follow the steps from there.

 
Follow the North Florida Chapter of AFSP's Social Media Pages
Stay up-to-date on upcoming programs and events and stay connected.

  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.

 

Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

Raise $150 by 10/23/2021 and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!  T-shirts will be mailed to participants after the walk.

Here are some ideas to help get you started:

  • Make a donation to yourself
  • Start a Facebook fundraiser
  • Share your story
  • Invite your friends and family to join you
  • As 10 friends to donate $10
  • Ask your employer if they do matching gifts
  • For more ideas and tools, visit the Participant Hub
 
Day of Activities 

Music 

Special thank you to Adam Latiff who will be returning to volunteer his time as our event DJ.  He will be playing some good music for you to walk too!

AFSP Merchandise

Select AFSP merchandise will be available to purchase!

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!