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02/08/2021

Early bird registration for Pieta's Longford and Ballymahon Darkness into Light 2020 walks now open

Early bird registration for Pieta's Longford and Ballymahon Darkness into Light 2020 walks now open

Sandra, Andrew and Evannah Maher

Registration is now open for Darkness Into Light 2020, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, which will take place on Saturday, May 9 in venues nationwide.

Pieta and Electric Ireland are calling on as many people as possible around the country to join in the global movement to end suicide by coming together to walk from Darkness Into Light.

The walk not only raises vital funds for Pieta and awareness for mental health, it brings people together in a spirit of solidarity and hope.

To register now and avail of the discounted early bird rates, visit www.darknessintolight.ie

ABOUT EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

Early bird registration ends March 17.

Early bird offers a discount of €5
* Adult €21 – goes to €26
* Family (2 adult + 5 children) - €52 – goes to €62
* Concession €16 – goes to €21

The unique event, which is symbolic of the journey from despair to hope, will begin in darkness at 4.15am on May 9.

Thousands of people will walk a 5-kilometre route into the light of dawn. Funds raised from Darkness Into Light 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.

In 2019, a total of €5.4m million was raised from Darkness into Light walks with over 200,000 people taking part around the world. 

In Leinster over 77,000 people took part in the 5km walk and this year, Pieta and Electric Ireland are encouraging more people to register and take part to raise vital funds for mental health.

Pieta has supported over 43,000 people with face to face therapy across centres nationwide. Since opening its doors 13 years ago, Pieta has heard painful truths from thousands of people who have come to the organisation at the point of suicidal crisis or actively engaging in self-harm.

Speaking about Darkness Into Light and the movement of hope, Rachel Murphy, Director of Fundraising at Pieta, said; “We rely on the support of the public to keep our doors open. Without this support the life-saving work of Pieta around the country would not be possible. It gives us tremendous hope to see the incredible solidarity of people across Ireland who walk together towards the dawn. Darkness Into Light is a community event so, if possible, walk with friends and family on May 9 to show your support. We are proud to partner with Electric Ireland this year, and every year, since 2013 because together we are stronger”

Speaking about the long-term partnership between Electric Ireland and Pieta, Marguerite Sayers, Executive Director at Electric Ireland, has seen the Darkness Into Light event grow from 20 venues in 2013 to 200 globally last year. “We’re proud to support Pieta and walk from Darkness Into Light with them each year. We know we live in a difficult world, with many challenges but we believe that together we can make it brighter. Individually we can all take action; to be kinder, to listen to someone, to reach out to them, to walk with them; through collective actions we can make this world a more hopeful place. We are ready to stand with Pieta - join us and let's walk on Saturday May 9, because we are brighter together.”

To sign up visit www.darknessintolight.ie

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