Pieta thank almost 3,500 Donegal people who took part in Darkness Into Light

ALMOST 3,500 people took part in Darkness into Light across 13 locations in Donegal.

Darkness Into Light, the annual fundraising event organised by Pieta and supported by Electric Ireland, took place on Saturday May 6, 2023, with almost 3,500 people across 13 locations in Donegal coming together helping to raise almost €4m nationally to fund Pieta’s lifesaving suicide prevention services.

This figure is expected to increase over the coming weeks as public fundraising and corporate donations for the initiative continue.


These funds are crucial to help cover the €17 million it costs to run the Pieta services annually, including the cost of a new child and adolescent therapist in Limerick.

In Ulster alone in 2022 alone, Pieta delivered over 2,200 hours of free, one-to-one therapy, and helped over almost 2,000 clients nationwide.

Almost 32% of clients presenting to Pieta in 2022 in Ulster were aged between 18-35 years and a further 37% of clients in the same year were under 18.

Nationally, the 24/7 crisis helpline received almost 100,000 calls and texts and supported close to 700 households bereaved by suicide.

Among the well-known faces that supported the event this year were Pieta Ambassadors Greg O’Shea and Louise Cooney alongside broadcaster and campaigner Charlie Bird, Jennifer Zamparelli, Deric Hartigan, Laura Whitmore, and many others.

Over 100,000 people walked in the annual event including hundreds of sailors, brave swimmers who welcomed the sunrise and golfers, who took to the green in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Stephanie Manahan, Pieta CEO, commented: “We are beyond grateful for the thousands of people who supported the event this year. To see so many people come out each and every year is truly inspiring and each and every person makes a valuable contribution in enabling Pieta to provide free, professional therapy for suicide prevention and bereavement in Ireland. On behalf of the entire team at Pieta, we want to thank every single participant, volunteer, and supporter. Thanks to you, we can continue to support those who need us most.’’


Speaking about this year’s Darkness Into Light, Pat Fenlon, Executive Director, Electric Ireland commented: “Electric Ireland has proudly supported Darkness Into Light for more than a decade. It’s a partnership that we value greatly and we’re very proud to have supported Pieta in growing it to become a global movement in suicide awareness, while fundraising for suicide prevention. We look forward to continuing to work with Pieta on making the coming years as successful and beneficial for families and communities affected by suicide.”

If you didn’t get a chance to support the fundraiser, you can still donate by visiting or by calling (01) 541 4746.


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