Sixth annual Longford Darkness into Light walk

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Laoise Hopkins, Molly and Katie Nevin, and Ava Hopkins at the 2018 Longford Darkness into Light Walk. The 2019 DIL Walk is on Saturday, May 11 at 4.15am in The Mall Picture: Shelley Corcoran

Laoise Hopkins, Molly and Katie Nevin, and Ava Hopkins at the 2018 Longford Darkness into Light Walk. The 2019 DIL Walk is on Saturday, May 11 at 4.15am in The Mall Picture: Shelley Corcoran

The sixth annual Longford Darkness into Light (DIL) walk, takes place at 4.15am on Saturday, May 11.

Longford DIL organising committee member Lorraine Nash explained that they held a registration day in shopping centre last Saturday and that there was a great reaction from the public. And there will be another registration day in SuperValu on Saturday, May 4 from 10am to assist with registrations.

“We are delighted to say that our numbers are increasing year on year,” outlined Lorraine, and she added, “Last year, donations from Longford exceeded €26,000.”

Darkness into Light, which is in aid of Pieta and is proudly supported by Electric Ireland since 2013, is a global movement dedicated to ending suicide and supporting those who engage in self-harm. Almost 250,000 participants, in over 200 venues, across 19 countries and 5 continents will walk from darkness into light on May 11.

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In addition to the local registration day, Pieta are calling on people from Longford to register online at www.darknessintolight.ie As Pieta’s flagship event, DIL has grown from humble beginnings into a global movement dedicated to raising awareness around suicide and self-harm.

The unique event, which is symbolic of the journey from despair to hope, begins in darkness at 4.15am.
Hundreds of people will walk a 5-kilometre route in The Mall (Albert Reynolds Peace Park) into the light of dawn. This year, for the first time, Ballymahon VS is also hosting a DIL walk.

Funds raised from DIL help keep Pieta’s counselling services free of charge and freely accessible to those in suicidal crisis, people who engage in self-harm, and to those bereaved by suicide.

For more email longford@ darknessintolight.ie or check out the Longford Darkness Into Light Facebook page.