Tipperary launch Darkness into Light fundraising and awareness event for Pieta House

More than 60 people came to the Racket Hall Country Club in Roscrea on Monday, March 30th as Pieta House launched Tipperary’s Darkness into Light events with Electric Ireland. Taking place on Saturday, May 9th,  Darkness into Light is a unique, early morning experience which begins in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. Oliver Skehan, Digital Coordinator of the suicide and self-harm crisis centre was joined at the event by a number of supporters and representatives from various local organisations and businesses. Volunteers from the Darkness into Light committees from the three venues in Tipperary hosting the event along with representatives from Pieta House were also there to lend their support.

Pictured are (Martina Leamy, Marie Peelo, Bernedette Ryan Finlay, Aisling Guerin, Johnny Togher, Deirdre McCarthy, Sylvia Ryan, Mary McLoughlin) at the Tipperary launch of Darkness into Light, Pieta House’s flagship fundraising and awareness event in The Racket Hall Country House on Monday March 30th. Darkness into Light will take place in Roscrea, Cashel and Killaloe/Ballina on May 9th. Participants can register at darknessintolight.ie.

Pictured are (Martina Leamy, Marie Peelo, Bernedette Ryan Finlay, Aisling Guerin, Johnny Togher, Deirdre McCarthy, Sylvia Ryan, Mary McLoughlin) at the Tipperary launch of Darkness into Light, Pieta House’s flagship fundraising and awareness event in The Racket Hall Country House on Monday March 30th. Darkness into Light will take place in Roscrea, Cashel and Killaloe/Ballina on May 9th. Participants can register at darknessintolight.ie.

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.

“Darkness into Light is a people’s event organised by local committees all over the country. Although the number of people walking has never been greater, neither has the need. With three venues set to host the event in Tipperary this year, including Killaloe/Ballina for the first time, it’s an example of how Darkness into Light is uniting people across the globe in solidarity with those who suffer” Oliver Skehan said. He added “While suicide is a devastating tragedy, we must not forget that there is hope, there is help, and Pieta House will be there to provide both.”

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. No one should walk alone.

Tipperary’s Darkness into Light events are taking registrations now. Online registration and further details are available now at www.darknessintolight.ie. For more information on Darkness into Light in Tipperary contact Kieran O’Brien on 061- 484444.

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