Wicklow’s Darkness into Light events 2014 in aid of the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, Pieta House, takes place this Saturday morning, 10th May.
The Arklow walk will leave the Sea Scout’s hall at 4.15am and the Bray walk will commence from the Sea Life Centre at the same time.
Thousands of people around the country are taking part and will walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking.
This is the third year running that the event has been held in Arklow, with over 400 people attending last year, raising €15,000.
Joan Freeman, CEO of Pieta House, said: “I want to thank everyone in Wicklow who has supported Darkness into Light, particularly our fantastic committee, and I hope we’ll have an even bigger crowd than last year out 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.”
Darkness into Light 2013 attracted 40,000 participants in 20 locations around Ireland. With this year’s event taking place in a total of 39 locations including international walks in London and Sydney, Pieta House is hoping for a near doubling of last year’s turnout.
This year, Pieta House is linking Darkness into Light with its ‘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.
Online registration and further details are available now at dil.pieta.ie
Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre founded in Lucan, Co Dublin, in 2006 by psychologist Joan Freeman. With nine centres throughout Ireland, Pieta House provides a professional, one-to-one therapeutic service for those who are experiencing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm.
A doctor’s referral or a psychiatric report is not required and the service is completely free of charge.
To date, Pieta House has supported more than 12,000 people, with almost 4,000 of those seeking help in 2013. Pieta House’s vision is to have a centre within 100 kilometres of everyone in Ireland.