With less than two weeks to go, over 1400 Limerick locals have registered for Darkness into Light events for Pieta House, which will take place in three Limerick locations this year on the morning of Saturday, 9th May. Limerick city and Newcastle West will host the event along with Kilmallock for the first time.
Supported by Electric Ireland, Darkness into Light is a unique, early morning fundraising event which begins in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. You can pre-register for the events at here. The Limerick city walk will start at Thomond Park, with the Newcastlewest walk will start at the castle demesne and the Kilmallock walk from Kilmallock GAA club.
“Darkness Into Light is a truly unique and moving event. The sight of thousands of people in yellow t-shirts walking and running towards dawn is simply extraordinary. The event has turned into a national awareness campaign loved by Irish people everywhere. I’m encouraging everyone to get out and register, don’t let this special event pass you by” said Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House.
Darkness Into Light is now in its seventh year and last year’s event attracted 80,000 participants in 39 locations across Ireland, including in London and Sydney. With the number of locations doubling this year, organisers are expecting over 100,000 people to take part. 80 venues will host the event on the island of Ireland and abroad including in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland and the USA.
While Darkness Into Light raises much needed funds, it is also about awareness, solidarity and local communities. This year, Pieta House is asking those taking part to connect with others at the event. Walkers/runners are encouraged to speak to the person beside them, tell a story or simply say hello, connect and acknowledge one another. Make your presence known.
Pre-registration venues for Limerick:
Limerick City: O’Connell’s Rugby Store on May 1st, 2nd & 5th from 11am-4pm &
The Milk Market May 2nd from 8am-12pm.
Kilmallock: Kilmallock community centre on Wednesday 29th April 7-9pm
Newcastlewest: The Red Door, Newcastle West – Thursday, May 7th and Friday, May 8th from 6pm to 9pm
About Pieta House
Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre founded in Lucan, Co. Dublin in 2006. With ten 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 psychiatric report is not required and the service is completely free of charge. Pieta House has supported 17,500 people, with more than 5,000 of those seeking help in 2014. Pieta House’s vision is to have a centre within 100 kilometres of everyone in Ireland.
Pieta House will set up its first pilot service in New York this summer as part of its plans to reach out to Irish diaspora who may be in need of the service. The service will be run from a room within the Irish Immigrant Centre in Queens, one of the main Irish communities in New York. The service is part of the overall plan to expand internationally.
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Read more about Darkness into Light here and Pieta here.