Birmingham Alabama Walk
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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness
Birmingham Alabama Walk
Location: Veterans Park (4800 Valleydale Road), Hoover, AL
Check-in Time: 1:00 pm
Walk Start Time: 2:30 pm
Walk Chair: Marissa Grayson, 205-613-6630, email@example.com
Know Before You Go!
Arrival: Check-in for pre-registered participants and onsite registration will begin at 1:00 PM for participants 13 years of age and older. Make sure to turn in your donations and grab the appropriate colored beads when you arrive.
Can I register at the walk? Yes. Onsite registration is available, however, the quickest way to sign up is online at afsp.org/birmingham. You can register in-person at the walk from 1:00 PM until the walk begins at 2:30 PM.
What if I have donations to turn in? Please bring all checks to the registration table.
T-Shirt Pick Up: Pre-registered participants who have raised $150 or who have $150 or more in donations to turn in on walk day should report to the registration area to pick up their incentive t-shirts.
Can I fundraise after the walk ends? Absolutely! All proceeds received until December 31st will be counted towards the Birmingham Out of the Darkness Walk.
How long is the walk? The route is a little over one mile long. It is a stroll around the water at Veterans Park to show the community's support for the cause. Participants do not have to complete the entire route or even walk.
Are strollers and wagons allowed? Yes. Strollers and wagons are allowed. Please know that the walk route is mainly gravel and will require some walking on grass due to construction taking place at Veterans Park.
Can I bring a chair or tent? Yes. The closing and opening ceremonies take a bit – you may want a place to sit. There will be a designated area for teams that want to bring a tent.
Can furry friends attend? Yes. Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome! Please clean up after your pets.
Where should we park? Please park at Jefferson State or Spain Park and take the paths to the park. Due to construction and limited space, we request you leave all spots in front of the park for people needing accessible parking.
Will food be available? Yes. There will be complimentary drinks and snacks. There will also be numerous food trucks selling food to support the walk. We will have tables and chairs set up for people to enjoy the food and visit.
Are there public restrooms? - Public restrooms are available for use on the side of the main building.
What activities will take place? - We will have activities of hope and healing - including the Messages of Hope activity. Please remember to bring photos and other mementos of your loved ones to place on the memory wall in the Remembrance Area. We will have a table available to place items on as well. Also, remember to have your team’s photo taken, write a letter to your legislator sharing why suicide prevention matters, visit the numerous non-profit tables, have your kids visit the kids area, and find support from those surrounding you.
Will there be merchandise for sale? Yes, you will be able to buy AFSP merchandise. However, walk t-shirts are only for individuals who raise at least $150 by walk day.
What is the schedule for the day?
- Check-in and activities – 1pm-2:30pm
- Opening Ceremonies – Begin at 2:30pm
- Introduction of Non-profits
- Art of Kindness Award Winners Announced
- Mindfulness Activity
- Bead Ceremony
- Moment of Silence
- Walk led by Ironvest Partners, our presenting sponsors, and piper playing Amazing Grace
- Closing Ceremonies – Begin after walkers’ finish (around 3:45pm)
- Message of Thanks
- Message of Hope
- Butterfly Release
- Event ends around 4pm
What should I bring wit me? Donations collected, a picture for the remembrance area (if applicable), a chair or tent if desired, walking shoes, money for merchandise and food trucks
Anything else I should remember? Daylight Savings ends the day of the walk!
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.
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!
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Ways You Can Help
Volunteer at the Event
Become a Sponsor
Sponsoring the Birmingham Alabama Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to become a sponsor today!
Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide
Promote the Walk in Your Community!
Follow us on social! @OOTDWalks
Post on your social accounts and share why you walk with your community!
Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities
Stop by the AFSP Store for merchandise, visit the photo booth, and more!
Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause.
Hope & Healing
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