People of Tipperary to Present Cheque for over €10,000 to Pieta House following Darkness into Light walk

Chairperson of the Roscrea Darkness into Light committee, Paul McNamara, is to present a cheque for €10,131.01 to Joan Freeman and Cathy Kelly of Pieta House on behalf of the people of Tipperary following the incredibly successful Darkness into Light walk which took place in Roscrea on 12th May. The cheque presentation will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 27th June, at 4.30pm in The Absolute Hotel, Limerick.

Over 350 people took part in Roscrea’s first ever Darkness into Light 5km walk. The event aims to raise awareness about the issue of suicide and also to raise vital funds for the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, Pieta House.

“We’re thrilled with the turnout we had for Darkness into Light”, said Paul McNamara, Chairperson of the Roscrea Darkness into Light committee. “We had such a great reaction individuals, community groups, local representatives and the business community. We’d like to thank everyone for their support and we hope to build on this for next year,” he said.

“I’m so grateful to the people of Tipperary for their huge support in bringing the Darkness into Light walk to Roscrea this year,” said Joan Freeman, founder and CEO of Pieta House. “I’d particularly like to thank our hardworking committee without whom this fantastic event never would have happened. Their dedication and commitment was invaluable and we’re very grateful for the money they raised for Pieta House. I hope that there’s now an increased awareness throughout County Tipperary of the free services that Pieta House provides to those in need of help,” she said.

The Darkness into Light walk took place in 14 locations across the country and attracted a total of 15,000 people. The unique event is symbolic of the work that suicide and self-harm crisis centre Pieta House do – they bring people from darkness back into the light.

“Next year we want to make the Roscrea walk even bigger, and we can only do this with the continued support of local people. I want to encourage people and businesses to get involved by volunteering; we also need help with tea/coffee, hot dogs and that after the walk. Anyone who is interested in getting involved can contact Pieta House,” said Joan Freeman.

This year’s event followed the release of figures from Pieta House which showed an 81% rise in the number of people seeking their help in 2011. As Pieta House’s services are free of charge, fundraisers such as Darkness into Light are vital to ensure that the organisation can continue to be available to those in crisis. Yearly running costs are now at €1.4 million.

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