September 17, 2017 Speak Up Walk

We are super excited to have you join us on September 17th, 2017 for the 2nd annul SPEAK UP WALK.

Details so far:

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I pick up my walk shirt?

Pick up your t-shirt the day before the walk on Saturday, September 16th, between 2:00 and 5:00 pm at Congregation Beth Torah, located at 6100 W 127th St, Overland Park, KS 66209. If you do not pick up your t-shirt at this time, it will be available at the walk.  However picking it up ahead of time will make the process much smoother.

 

What is the last day to register for the walk?

Registration will be accepted until the morning of the walk. If you registered before September 5st, you will receive a Speak Up Walk shirt with your registration fee.  Registration received after September 5th, will not have a walk shirt included. However, you may purchase a shirt from the swag table located next to the raffle table. Cost will be $15.00 for the shirt (sizes and quantity are limited.)

 

Do I need to bring cash?

We will accept cash, check and credit cards as we will have the ability accept major credit cards at the event. There is no charge for funnel cakes, face painting or photobooth, but there is a fee if you wish to register, purchase raffle tickets or SPEAK UP merchandise.

 

Can I still make donation if I cannot make the walk?

Absolutely! We will continue to accept donations for this effort online at DONATE HERE and will also accept them after the walk. You may also mail donations to SPEAK UP in care of Jewish Family Services, 5801 W. 115th Street Suite 103, Overland Park, KS 66211.

 

Where is the walk?

The walk will be held at Ironwoods Park, located at 14701 Mission Road, Leawood, KS 66224. It will begin and end at the amphitheater within the park.

 

Where do we park?

There are two primary parking lots available in Ironwoods Park, and we will have signage and people on hand to help you find them, then to direct you to the amphitheater. We do suggest carpooling as there are limited spot available.

 

What else is there to do at the walk?

There will be several mental health service providers with information tables available, as well as a face painter, funnel cake truck, and SPEAK UP gear for purchase. There will also be over 60 raffle baskets available.

 

Is there a program before or after the walk?

Yes, there will be a brief program both before and after the walk. Before the walk starts, there will be brief comments to explain why we are there and how to use the walk to practice “starting a conversation” about mental health. After the walk, the program will focus on sharing the personal stories of Jason and Sara and how we can help to reduce the stigma of mental illness as well as hear from our guest speakers.  You will not want to miss out on these amazing speakers!!!!

 

Is the trail paved?

Yes, the entire route is paved and very accessible. We suggest filling your water bottles or grabbing a water prior to the walk.

 

 

 

Is there handicapped parking available?

There are a limited number of handicapped spots available at the amphitheater that will be available. You must have a handicapped tag to show to the volunteer in order to park in this lot.

 

How long is the walk?

The complete route is 1.34 miles (about 2.15 km) but participants are welcome to do it more than once if they desire a longer walk. There is also a much shorter loop – less than ½ mile for those that want a shorter route.

 

Is the trail paved?

Yes, the entire route is paved and very accessible. We suggest filling your water bottles or grabbing a water prior to the walk.

 

Can we bring our dog?

Yes, you may bring your dog as long as the pet is leashed and well behaved. Park rules state that pets much be leashed at all times and cleaned up after.

 

Will there be food/beverages?

Yes. Water, gatorade, and coffee will be provided, as well as snacks and fruit. This is not intended to be a full breakfast, but to provide our walkers with a little extra energy and hydration after the walk. Feel free to bring your own water bottle as there is a water fountain within the park.

 

What should I wear? What should I bring?

Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly and wear comfortable walking shoes. We also suggest bringing a water bottle.

 

What if my friends and family want to join me?

Online registration was available until Friday, September 1st, though our limited number of walk t-shirts will be distributed in order of registration. You are also welcome to walk up and register on the day of the walk. The cost will remain $15, even after the shirt supply runs out.

 

Can I still make donations after the walk?

Absolutely! We will continue to accept donations for this effort online at www.speakup.us.  You may also mail donations to SPEAK UP in care of Jewish Family Services, 5801 W. 115th Street Suite 103, Overland Park, KS 66211.

 

What will you do with my donation?

By supporting the SPEAK UP Walk, you are helping us offer a comprehensive mental health program to high schools in the Greater Kansas City area at no charge to them. This program will include:

 

  • Speaking engagements at each high school, featuring speakers such as Kevin Hines, suicide attempt survivor, or speakers of similar quality who best fit the needs of the schools.
  •  “You Be You” year-round mental health campaign for teens, developed by Bernstein-Rein Advertising. This campaign will reach students both in and out of school time through innovative marketing concepts that promote positive self-image and provide mental health resources for teens and their families.

 

Depending on the school’s needs, the estimated cost of the program is $1,500 - $2,500 per school. Your donation is helping SPEAK UP and the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition to bring these and other critical resources to our community’s youth.

 

Can we post on social media about the walk?

YES!!! Please post about Speak UP. Please feel free to use #speakupwalk2017 #breakthesilence #youbeyou Be sure to like our facebook page and tag us in all your pictures from the walk. 

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