Pieta and Electric Ireland thank the people of Wicklow as over 4,500 people turn out for Darkness into Light 2023

DIL 2023 Breda, Sgt. Murphy, Kathleen

Darkness Into Light, the annual fundraising event organised by Pieta & supported by Electric Ireland, took place on Saturday May 6th, 2023, in six locations in Wicklow with over 4,500 people coming together for the most important sunrise of the year, helping to raise almost €4m nationally to fund Pieta’s lifesaving suicide prevention services. This figure is expected to increase over the coming weeks as public fundraising and corporate donations for the initiative continue. These funds are crucial to help cover the €17 million it costs to run the Pieta services annually.

Among the well-known faces that supported the event this year were Pieta Ambassadors Greg O’Shea and Louise Cooney alongside broadcaster and campaigner Charlie Bird, as well as Jennifer Zamparelli, Deric Hartigan, Laura Whitmore, and many others.

Over 100,000 people walked in the annual event including hundreds of sailors, brave swimmers who welcomed the sunrise and golfers, who took to the green in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Speaking about this year’s Darkness Into Light, Pat Fenlon, Executive Director, Electric Ireland commented“Electric Ireland has proudly supported Darkness Into Light for more than a decade. It’s a partnership that we value greatly and we’re very proud to have supported Pieta in growing it to become a global movement in suicide awareness, while fundraising for suicide prevention. We look forward to continuing to work with Pieta on making the coming years as successful and beneficial for families and communities affected by suicide.”

In Leinster in 2022 alone, Pieta delivered over 30,000 hours of free, one-to-one therapy, and helped over 4,000 clients. Almost 35% of clients presenting to Pieta in 2022 in Leinster were aged between 18-35 years and a further 40% of clients in the same year were under 18.

Nationally, the 24/7 crisis helpline received almost 100,000 calls and texts and supported close to 700 households bereaved by suicide.

If you didn’t get a chance to support the fundraiser, you can still donate by visiting www.darknessintolight.ie or by calling (01) 541 4746.

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