Greater Northeast Pennsylvania Walk

Join us on September 11, 2022

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Event Details

Walk Date: 09/11/2022
Walk Location: Kirby Park - Wilkes Barre
Walk Start Time: 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Samantha Bruno 
Contact Phone: 814-357-5829 
Contact Email: sbruno@afsp.org

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Greater Northeast Pennsylvania Walk  

09/11/2022

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk 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 health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

If you're looking for support and/or resources, please visit www.afsp.org/get-help and www.afsp.org/resources.

Register!

Returning participant? Thank you for being a Walk Alumni! When you click the register button be sure to click the blue Login link under "Been Here Before?"

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide. See FAQs below if you have any questions.

If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your 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). View this video tutorial for more help.

Important Information for Sunday

Do have to pre-register in order to attend?

There is an update to our check-in/registration this year. It is not required that you pre-register in order to attend the event, However, pre-registration is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. Pre-registered walkers do not need to check-in at registration. If you have raised the $150 and earned an official walk t-shirt, you will be able to check-in to receive your shirt. You will also be able to turn in cash and check donations at registration. Walkers who still need to register will be able to do so as in past years.

Any one over the age of 13 should register.

What should I bring with me?

Water Bottle with Water. Please bring your own, filled water bottles.

Phone

Snacks if you require them

Picture of your loved one

Can I turn in money at the walk?

Yes, you can turn money in at the walk. We are encouraging everyone to donate online using their smart phone, but we will still be accepting donations at the walk.

Where should I park?

There is limited parking at Kirby Park. There is street parking across the street from Kirby Park as well.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, friendly, leashed dogs are welcome. Please bring water and bags to pick up after your dog.

Can I buy swag?

We will not have a store at this year's walk. If you'd like to purchase a shirt from our full selection, you are welcome to shop here: https://stores.kotisdesign.com/afspexternal

What happens if it rains?

Our event is rain or shine so dress appropriately for the weather!

Are there bathrooms?

Yes, there are porta potties at the park.

As a few reminders, registration will begin at 12pm with time to visit our community partner tables, get your honor beads, Why I Walk Buttons, etc. The opening ceremony will begin at 1pm with the walk beginning immediately following.

If you show up to the park before noon, we may still be setting up and might not be able to attend to you right away.

New Activities This Year!

We have two new activities this year that we hope will help you remember your loved ones lost to suicide.

We will have a memory board to display pictures of the people that we walk for. Please bring a picture of your loved one if you'd like to remember them on the board.

Our DJ will be doing a remembrance hour from 12pm-1pm where you can request songs that remind you of your loved ones. (Must be age appropriate of course). His music collection is on CDs so this is subject to what he has of course, but we thought it would be cool to play songs that make us think of the people we are walking for.

 

There's now an app to make it even easier to raise funds and receive updates!

Click below to get started!

     

And don't forget about all the ways you can FUNdraise!


 

Ways You Can Help

Volunteer at the Event

Event Committee and Day-of Walk volunteers are always needed and we cannot be successful without them! 

Send an email to sbruno@afsp.org to sign-up today! Thank you!

 

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Greater Northeast Pennsylvania Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Become a partner to help stop this leading cause of death.

 
Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

$150+ - Raise $150 by 09/11/2022 and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!   Donations can be made to a team as a whole,  but the T-shirt and other incentives are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising.  

Promote the Walk in Your Community! 

Download the flyer to share in the community!

Follow us on social! @OOTDWalks 

Post on your social accounts and share why you walk with your community!

 
Team Corner

Become a Team Captain

Team Central

 

Be sure to follow all of the steps after registering to get that fundraising going! *Update your page and pic * Make a self-donation* Utilize Participant Hub *

Create a FB Fundraiser through your account or it will not connect to your page! This is super easy in the app btw (wink wink) 

FAQs

Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate.

 

If I raise enough money, will my whole team get a shirt?
No. The event shirts are only given to individuals who raise $150. If your whole team wants a shirt, each member must raise $150

 

How do I make an offline donation?
To send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided.

 

Is there a fundraising minimum?
No, but we strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official walk t-shirt!

 

Can I register at the Walk? Yes!  You can register in-person at the Walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

Can I bring my dog? Yes!  Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the Walk.

 

Parking, route, and other info will be updated as we get closer to Walk Day.

For additional questions, please email sbruno@afsp.org

 

Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities

On-Site Activities

Stop by the AFSP Store for merchandise, pick-up beads at the Honor Bead tent, and more!

 
Honor Beads

Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause.

 
Hope & Healing

Share messages of hope and remembrance.


 

Register by clicking the button at the top of the page

 

Thank you participants, volunteers, donors, and sponsors for your support! Together, we can save lives and bring hope.


If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741-741