Out of the Darkness

 

On Saturday, September 12, Brothers from Mu Lambda traveled to Annapolis, Maryland, to volunteer

with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Out of the Darkness Community Walk. 

AFSP is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and

preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with

mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.  Out of the Darkness Community Walks are AFSP’s

signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters every fall

for 3- to 5-mile walks in hundreds of communities nationwide.

The Annapolis walk coordination team consisted of only two dedicated women who reached out to

Alpha Phi Alpha for help.  Brothers responded and arrived at the City Dock in Annapolis at the early hour

of 7 a.m. to set up, helped with the various activities throughout the event, and stayed to clean up. 

Despite the rain, the event was a huge success, raising $95,000 with over 700 walkers!

The 2015 Annapolis walk was the first walk in Maryland walk history to exceed $80,000, and become the

highest grossing walk in Maryland at $95,000.  It was the only 2015 walk to reach its goal before the

walk began; the goal was $85,000.  Donations are still coming in and it is believed that they will reach

$100,000, by December 31, the 2015 donation deadline.  Mu Lambda shares in that success!

It was sobering to see so many people survived by those who were lost by suicide; touching to see so

many young people supporting suicide prevention; and inspiring to see everyone so full of hope and

encouragement to continue the fight against suicide and mental illness.

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