Under two weeks left to register for Darkness Into Light in Cashel and Roscrea

Darkness Into Light is kindly sponsored by Electric Ireland

With less than two weeks to go, the people of Tipperary are being asked to sign-up to take part in Darkness Into Light 2015, the annual Pieta House fundraising and awareness event which is taking place in Roscrea and Cashel.

Supported by Electric Ireland, Darkness into Light is a unique, early morning fundraising event which begins in darkness at4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. Cashel’s event will begin and finish at the Cashel Rugby Club, while Roscrea’s route will start and finish at Scout Hall/Abbey Hall.

Johnny Togher, Lindsay Sharpe, Electric Ireland (sponsor), Oliver Skehan, Bernard Kennedy, Denise Kennedy, Mairead Ramsbottom, Mary McLoughlin“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.

unnamedWhile 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 Cashel are:

Cashel Credit Union, Cashel – Friday May 1st, Saturday May 2nd, Thursday May 7th, and Friday, May 8th, from 10:30am to 4pm

Dunnes Stores, Tipperary Town – Saturday May 2nd from 10am to 2pm

Pre-registration venues for Roscrea are:

Gerrane’s Boutique – Friday May 1st, Saturday May 2nd, Thursday May 7th and Friday May 8th, from 10am to 6pm

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.

Visit www.pieta.ie for more information.

Pieta House opened its doors in Roscrea in April 2013. The service is open from 2pm until 7pm Monday and Thursday and 9am until 2pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The address is: The Glebe, Ballyhall, Roscrea and the contact number is 0505-22568.

About Electric Ireland

Electric Ireland is the retail supply business of ESB, supplying energy to both residential and business customers nationwide. Electric Ireland also provides a range of energy services including Climote, attic insulation and energy efficiency services.

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