Pieta Blog - Register now for Darkness Into Light!

Register now for Darkness Into Light!

Date: 28th March 2017
Author: Brian Campbell

DARKNESS INTO LIGHT – Pieta House’s flagship awareness walk/run – will take place in 150 locations across Ireland, north and south and all over the world this year.

Now in its ninth year, Darkness Into Light (DIL) – again supported by Electric Ireland – will start in the early hours of Saturday 6th May. This unique event begins in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while the dawn is breaking. Last year 130,000 people woke up early to walk from the darkness into the light.

People can now register for this year’s events at www.darknessintolight.ie.

Since it began in one venue - the Phoenix Park in Dublin in 2009 – DIL has grown into a global movement against suicide. Funds raised help to keep Pieta House counselling services free to those in suicidal crisis, people who engage in self-harm and those bereaved by suicide.

Pieta House CEO, Brian Higgins is encouraging more and more people to participate in DIL to help achieve the charity’s vision of a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. “I want to ask everybody to wake up and join us in support of families and friends affected by suicide and self-harm,” he said.

“All of our services are free, but the demand for them is ever-increasing. We all need to wake up to the stigmas that lead people to self-harm and into suicidal crisis and to the doors of Pieta House.”

Paul Stapleton, General Manager of Electric Ireland said, “We are very proud to support Pieta House, their vital work and their important message of hope.  Darkness Into Light has become much more than a fundraiser; it is now a national movement which touches the hearts and minds of people throughout Ireland.  We’d like to encourage as many people as possible to wake up early on May 6th to help raise much needed funds to help Pieta House create a brighter future.”

Darkness Into Light has gone from being a single ‘sponsored walk’ to a mass movement of people engaged in suicide prevention. This year, Darkness Into Light will take place in more than 150 locations worldwide – from Athlone to Ottawa, from Brisbane to Hong Kong and from Quebec to Reykjavik.

Darkness Into Light is vital for fundraising, for raising awareness and for bringing people together as we do everything we can to eradicate suicide.

To find your nearest venue and to register now, visit www.darknessintolight.ie. Special Early Bird rate runs until Friday 31st March.