Southern Rhode Island Walk

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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Southern Rhode Island Walk  

10/14/2023

Event Details

Date: 10/14/2023

Location: Salve Regina University, Newport, RI

Check-in Time: 9:30 am

Walk Start Time: 10:30 am

Contact Information

Staff Contact: Kerrie Constant, Area Director kconstant@afsp.org 917-920-0939

Walk Chair: McKenzie McNamara (She/Her), 401-341-7279, mckenzie.mcnamara@salve.edu

 

Walk Day Details 10/14/2023

Walk Location: Salve Regina University, McAuley Hall 100 Orchre Point Ave Newport.

Weather: We will walk rain or shine unless there is a severe weather advisory.

What to Bring: Water bottle(there will be a water filling station available), comfortable walking shoes, and dress for the weather. 

Parking: Parking along Ochre Point Ave and Sheppard Ave. Overflow parking in Rogers Lot and Library Lot.

Walk Day Activities and Check-in: Begin at 9:30 am

Walk Ceremony:  Begins at 10:30 a.m., with the walk to immediately follow. 

Walk Route: The Walk route is around 1.5 miles. The loop can be done twice to walk 3 miles.

  • The walk route is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. There is one spot with a slight hill.
  • If unable to walk the route, a special remembrance activity will take place at the main site during walk time.

Honor Beads: Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause. There will be an honor bead ceremony during the opening ceremony. 

 Walk Day Activity Stations Include:

  • Why I Walk
  • Messages of Hope
  • Community Partner Resources
  • 92 PRO FM booth with concert ticket giveaway- Win a pair of Doja Cat with Ice Spice tickets.

Merchandise: AFSP shirts, hats, water bottles, and bandanas will be available for purchase! Credit Cards accepted.

Bathrooms: Accessible in the main building 

Dogs: Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome

Team And Walker Incentives 

Walk T-shirts: for everyone who raises $150 or more by walk day 10/14 (individual fundraising, not team fundraising) 

LifeSavers Club: Individuals who raise $988 or more will become a member of the AFSP-RI LifeSavers Club. Members receive a special gift walk day and a VIP invite to the annual Volunteer and Partner Appreciation Dinner and other chapter events. 

Remembrance Lawn Signs: Teams or Individuals who raise $988 or more may request a Remembrance Lawn Sign to be displayed along the walk route and yours to keep afterward. Deadline 10/ 8 submit request . If you reach $988 goal past the deadline contact kconstant@afsp.org to see if it's possible to order more signs, but may not be guaranteed for walk day. 

Top Three Fundraising Teams: as of Wednesday, 10/8, will receive a team banner and lead the walk.

 Interested in Volunteering Walk Day: fill out Volunteer Interest or contact kconstant@afsp.org

 


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 to Walk With Us!

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 watch 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.

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! 

Sign-up today! Thank you!

 

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Southern Rhode Island Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Contact mckenzie.mcnamara@salve.edu to become a sponsor today!

 
Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

$150+ - Raise $150 by 10/14/2023 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! 

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

 

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.

Are dogs allowed? 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 mckenzie.mcnamara@salve.edu

 

Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities

On-Site Activities

Stop by the AFSP Store for merchandise, visit the photo booth, 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, dial 988 or text TALK to 741-741