Pieta House Darkness Into Light launch 2018 taking place in the Clayton Hotel, Limerick. Pictured left to right are Pat Reddan, Clayton Hotel, Nora Conway, Pieta House, David Toomey Corbally Suicide Prevention, Kevin Ryan, Electric Ireland and Kieran O’Brien, Pieta House. Picture: Zoe Conway/ilovelimerick
Limerick community gathers for Pieta House Darkness Into Light launch 2018
The Pieta House Darkness into Light launch 2018 took place this year in the Clayton Hotel. Brian Higgins, CEO of Pieta House welcomed the crowd gathered in honour of Darkness into Light, Pieta House’s flagship fundraising awareness event that is celebrating its tenth year this May in over 150 venues in Ireland and across the world.
Speaking on the importance of the event, Pieta House CEO, Brian Higgins, tells me, “I want to ask everybody to wake up and join us in support of families and friends affected by suicide and self-harm. All of our services are free, but the demand for them is ever increasing. We all need to wake up to the stigmas that lead people to self-harm and into suicidal crisis, and to the doors of Pieta House.”
Darkness into Light began in 2009 when 400 people came together in Dublin’s Phoenix Park to raise awareness about suicide and self-harm. From these humble beginnings, Darkness Into Light has blossomed into a global movement against suicide and self-harm, with over 200,000 expected to take part on Saturday, May 12 this year. This unique event begins at 4.15am as participants walk 5km routes around the world and finish as the dawn is breaking, journeying together from Darkness Into Light.
The Chairperson’s of the Limerick committees from Limerick City, Newcastle West and Murroe are encouraging the local community to attend saying, “all of Limerick have been incredibly supportive of the event since our first year, with over 20,000 participants in 2017 taking part from the local community, and we would love to see that go up this year. Suicide and self-harm are serious problems in the Midwest, and we need to face them together.”
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Pictures by Ciara Marie Hayes/ilovelimerick and Zoe Conway/ilovelimerick