With less than two weeks to go, nearly 500 people have signed up to take part in Darkness Into Light, the annual Pieta House fundraising and awareness event, in Kilkenny city on May 9.
Darkness into Light is a unique, early morning social gathering which begins in darkness at 4.15am as people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. The event in Kilkenny will start and finish at the James Stephens Barracks (Newpark Gate).
“Darkness Into Light is truly unique. The sight of thousands of people in yellow t-shirts walking and running towards dawn is simply extraordinary. The event has really turned into an awareness campaign loved by Irish people everywhere. I’m encouraging everyone to get out and register, don’t let this event pass you by,” Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House said.
Darkness Into Light is now in its seventh year and last year’s event attracted 80,000 participants in 39 locations across Ireland, including in London and Sydney.
While Darkness Into Light raises much needed funds, it is also about awareness, solidarity and local communities. This year, Pieta House is asking those taking part to connect with others at the event. Walkers/runners are encouraged to speak to the person beside them, tell a story or simply say hello, connect and acknowledge one another. Make your presence known.
Register online at dil.pieta.ie or registration will be open on 15 High Street (beside Burkes Boutique), on Friday May 1, Saturday, May 2 and Friday, May 8 between 11am and 6pm. T-shirts will also be available for collection on these dates.
Route: Starts at James Stephens Barracks (Newpark Gate); New Road; at the bottom of New Road turn left on to Greensbridge Street and proceed on to Michael Street; turn right on to the lane at traffic island, immediately after Lake School leading to the Library; turn left on to John’s Quay, turn immediate right on to John’s Bridge; cross over John’s Bridge and turn left immediately on to Canal Walk. go along there until you reach the carpark and turn right on to the Bennettsbridge Road; proceed straight down along to Castle Road and to The Parade; High Street, through Parliament Street. At the T junction at Irishtown turn right on to Vicar Street; right again at the Troysgate roundabout; proceed straight up New Road, finishing at James Stephens Barracks
Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre founded in Lucan, Co. Dublin in 2006. With ten centres throughout Ireland, Pieta House provides a professional, one-to-one therapeutic service for those who are experiencing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm. A doctor’s referral or psychiatric report is not required and the service is completely free of charge. Pieta House has supported 17,500 people, with more than 5,000 of those seeking help in 2014. Pieta House’s vision is to have a centre within 100 kilometres of everyone in Ireland.