Darkness into Light, organised by Pieta and proudly supported by Electric Ireland since 2013, is a global movement dedicated to ending suicide and supporting those who engage in self-harm.
Pieta and Electric Ireland are now calling on people from Letterkenny to join the expected 250,000 participants across the globe; Letterkenny walkers can register online at www.darknessintolight.ie. By walking from Darkness into Light, everyone can play a part in removing the stigma around suicide and self-harm and spreading the power of hope throughout the world.
As Pieta’s flagship fundraising awareness event, Darkness Into Light has grown from humble beginnings into a global movement dedicated to raising awareness around suicide and self-harm. The unique event, which is symbolic of the journey from despair to hope, begins in darkness at 4.15am. Thousands of people will walk a five-kilometre route into the light of dawn. Funds raised from Darkness Into Light help keep Pieta’s counselling services free of charge and freely accessible to those in suicidal crisis, people who engage in self-harm, and to those bereaved by suicide. Last year, walkers across the world raised a massive €6 million from the event.
Pieta has supported over 40,000 people with face to face therapy. Since opening its doors 13 years ago, Pieta has heard painful truths from thousands of people who have come to the organisation at the point of suicidal crisis or actively engaging in self-harm. Worldwide close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is an international phenomenon and occurs at any point during a person’s life.
“Electric Ireland has proudly supported the Darkness Into Light event for the past seven years and over that time we have worked with Pieta to grow Darkness into Light into the global event it is today Our mission is to help create a brighter future for the customers and communities we serve. Darkness into Light reminds us all to believe in the power of hope. We are looking forward to walking with our colleagues, friends and customers on the 11th May and helping to make this years walk the most successful yet.”