Launch of Bray, Arklow and Enniscorthy’s Darkness into Light fundraising campaign for Pieta House

A large crowd turned out at the Old Town Hall, Bray on Monday, 14th April as Joan Freeman, CEO of suicide and self-harm crisis centre Pieta House, launched Bray, Arklow and Enniscorthy’s Darkness into Light events with Electric Ireland for 2014. Taking place on Saturday, 10th May, Darkness into Light is a unique, early morning fundraising event which begins in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. This year will be Sligo’s second in hosting the event and committee members are expecting record numbers to turn out.

Speaking at the launch, Joan Freeman said: “Wicklow and Wexford have shown great support for Darkness into Light so I’m delighted that Wicklow will have a second venue in Bray this year. I want to thank everyone throughout the two counties who has supported us over the past number of years and I hope we’ll have huge numbers on the morning of 10th May. We’re also delighted to have the support of Electric Ireland again this year who are helping us to expand Darkness into Light into every corner of Ireland.”

The launch was attended by a number of supporters, including Olympic Boxer, Adam Nolan, the Mayor of Bray, Tracy O’Brien, Bray local councillors and TD’s, Bray, Arklow and Enniscorthy Darkness into Light committees, members of the Community Guards, the Order of Malta, members of Bray Lion’s Club, and Nicola O’Leary representing Darkness into Light’s sponsor, Electric Ireland.

Darkness into Light 2013 attracted 40,000 participants in 20 locations around Ireland. With this year’s event taking place in an incredible 39 locations including international walks in London and Sydney, Pieta House is hoping for a near doubling of last year’s turnout. Bray’s Darkness into Light event sets off from the National Sea Life Centre, Arklow’s event will begin at the Sea Scout’s centre and Enniscorthy’s event will start at Shamrock’s GAA Club. Online registration and further details are available now at dil.pieta.ie.

This year, Pieta House is linking Darkness into Light with their Mind Our Men campaign which aims to reduce male suicide in Ireland. They are asking participants to bring a male friend or family member with them on the walk – it could be a friend, brother, father or work colleague.

For more information on Darkness into Light in Wicklow and Wexford, contact Marie Peelo on 01-6281111

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