Pieta participants ready to walk into the light on Saturday

NO REPRO FEE. 18/4/2013.Rugby star Brian O�"Driscoll chats to actor Stephen Rea as he signs a Leinster jersey, he took time out from his new dad duties to show support for suicide crisis centre Pieta House at an event to mark the fifth year of the charitys Dublin Darkness into Light fundraiser with Electric Ireland . The fifth annual Darkness into Light 5km dawn walk or run will take place in 20 locations around Ireland at 4am on the morning of Saturday,11th May. Due to exceptional demand there will be two Dublin venues this year - the Phoenix Park and Newbridge House, Donabate. Speaking at the launch, Joan Freeman, CEO and founder of Pieta House, said: its clear that Darkness into Light with Electric Ireland is really resonating with the public. Registration figures are way up this year and we�"re expecting a massive turnout all over the country.' Registration is available online now at dil.pieta.ie. Photo:Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland.
With just under a week to go, record numbers have already signed up for Pieta House’s annual Darkness into Light fundraising event on Saturday, May 11 as the suicide charity gears up for what looks to be the biggest turnout ever.

With just under a week to go, record numbers have already signed up for Pieta House’s annual Darkness into Light fundraising event on Saturday, May 11 as the suicide charity gears up for what looks to be the biggest turnout ever.

Excitement is building as rugby star Brian O’Driscoll, rockers Aslan, actor Stephen Rea and the Dublin football team have all pledged their support in recent weeks. The event is in its fifth year, and taking place simultaneously in 20 locations nationwide.

In Kilkenny, the walk-run-jog event begins at 4am in the morning on Saturday, where participants start in the dark and finish as dawn breaks. The five- kilometre run begins and ends at James Stephens Military Barracks and goes around the city centre.

Pieta House are asking people to bring glow sticks or torches to guide the way at the beginning of the walk. Excitement is building in communities across the country as this year’s turnout looks set to easily top last year’s record number of 15,000 participants.

“The buzz this year is incredible,” said Joan Freeman, founder and CEO of Pieta House, who was in Kilkenny last week.

“I’ve just finished up a whistle stop tour of the country where I helped launch Darkness into Light in each of the 20 locations. It was great to meet all of our organising committees and get a sense of the excitement that’s building in each town.

“We brought our supporters Electric Ireland on the tour with us and they were delighted with the response we got. They even have a huge number of staff coming down to the walk in the Phoenix Park.”

Pieta House recently opened a new crisis centre in Roscrea and will open three more centres this year in counties Cork, Galway, and Kerry. Registration for Darkness into Light is available online now at dil.pieta.ie. Entry costs 25 with reduced rates for groups, families, students, OAPs and jobseekers.