Pieta House founder Joan Freeman launched Tipperary Darkness into Light event

Joan Freeman, founder and CEO of suicide crisis centre Pieta House, was in Roscrea last week (Friday, 12th April) to launch the 2013 Darkness into Light event supported by Electric Ireland. Roscrea is one of 20 locations this year to host Darkness into Light, a unique 5km walk/run which begins in darkness at 4.00am and ends as dawn is breaking. Taking place on Saturday 11th May, this year’s event will get underway at The Scout Hall and organisers are hoping for a turnout of several thousand people from all across the county.

Darkness into Light Roscrea was launched Friday afternoon in the Damer Court Hotel in Roscrea. Members of the local scouts turned out to show their support at the event, along with the Roscrea Darkness Into Light committee.

“Last year’s Darkness into Light event here was one a huge success, and I know we can grow it even more this year,” said Joan Freeman of Pieta House. “I’d like to say a huge thank-you to our hardworking committee, all our volunteers and everyone who has taken part in previous years. This year I’m delighted to say that we also have the support of Electric Ireland who are helping us to expand and bring Darkness into Light into every corner of Ireland,” she said.

Registration is available online now at dil.pieta.ie and a pre-registration office will be open over the coming weeks. The office is located in Main Street, Roscrea and will be open Friday’s and Saturday’s from 12-5pm to allow people to register. Participants will be able to collect their t-shirts at these pre-registration events to save time queueing on the day of the walk. The event in Roscrea has it’s own uniqueness in that everyone who participates in the walk will get tea/ coffee and breakfast afterwards. Prizes will also be given to young people, which this year includes tickets for the opening games of the Heineken Cup.

Pieta House, who are opening a centre of excellence in Roscrea in the coming weeks, recently launched a major new nationwide campaign to reduce the rate of male suicide in Ireland. They are asking the public to pledge their support at www.mindourmen.ie.

About Pieta House

Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre founded by psychologist Joan Freeman. It first opened its doors in Lucan, Co. Dublin in January 2006, and there are now four Pieta House centres throughout Dublin and one in Limerick. Four new centres will open in 2013 in Tuam, Roscrea, Cork and Castleisland.

Pieta House provides a professional, face-to-face, free of charge therapeutic service for people in the acute stages of distress. The unique clinically-based model developed by Pieta House is used across its five centres. Pieta House’s primary aim is to reduce suicide by helping people get through that critical phase when suicide becomes a plan rather than just an idea. To date, over 8,000 people have been helped by Pieta House. For more information, log on to www.pieta.ie.

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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