Around 750 people took part in the Darkness Into Light, Longford 5km walk in aid of Pieta House in The Mall on Saturday morning.
The annual event, now in its sixth year, took place in Longford for the first time alongside thirty eight other venues across the country and in Sydney and London.
2013 Longford Rose Aisling Farrell who was involved with the organisation of the Longford event said, “It was a fantastic success and I think everyone felt so proud to have been involved. The hundreds of people that attended represent how prevalent suicide is in our community but also how important it is to us to help tackle this issue.”
Hope was the central theme as participants set off in darkness at 4.15am and walked as the sun rose, symbolising walking out of a dark place into a brighter one.
Everyone in attendance at the Longford event spoke of the wonderful experience and of how well organised it was.
Aisling finished by praising the commitment of everyone involved in making it such a success. “The hard work and dedication of the Longford committee ensured that it went off without a hitch and that everyone enjoyed it. It was an honour for me to cut the ribbon at the start of the walk and I am looking forward to next year!”
The fundraiser is all in aid of Pieta House, an organisation dedicated to the prevention of self-harm or suicide.