Darkness Into Light is a walk-run-jog event which begins at 4am in the morning on Saturday, May 11 where participants start in the dark and finish as dawn breaks, bringing with it, a message of hope. The 5 kilometre run begins and ends at James Stephens Military Barracks and goes around the city centre.
The beneficiary of the event, Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre that has been growing and growing as we as a society come to terms, more and more, with mental illness and the impact it has on all our lives.
“Darkness into Light represents hope and solidarity, and is symbolic of the work that we do; we bring people from darkness back into the light. We at Pieta House want to make 2013 the year that we halt the rise of suicide in Ireland and we’re doing all that we can to make this happen,” Joan Freeman, founder and CEO of Pieta House said.
Last year, 14 centres undertook the walk-run-cuclye and everyone agreed it was an uplifting experience to know you are doing something to help those in trouble and to be part of a fun event where you get up really early and make an effort with hundreds of like minded souls. Darkness into Light is also the most vital component of Pieta House’s fundraising calendar. As demand for Pieta House’s service continues to grow and with more than 80% of the organisation’s income depending on public donations, the funds raised during Darkness into Light are essential for Pieta House to continue to provide a free support service for the increasing numbers seeking help.
Pieta House will open four new crisis centres this year in counties Cork, Galway, Tipperary and Kerry and will next month launch a major new nationwide campaign aimed at reducing the rate of male suicide. Who knows with enough effort, support and goodweill, Pieta House might open a crisi centre in Kilkenny.
Registration for Darkness into Light is available online now at www.pieta.ie until Saturday but you can register on the morning of the event at the military baracks where main organiser, Kathryn Huthinson and her teram will look fter you.
The importance od pieta House, whch is attended by Kilkenny people on an ongoing basis, is that it 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. Pieta House’s vision is that no-one in Ireland should be more than 100 kilometres from a Pieta House centre where they can avail of the clinical services at that time of crisis. For more information on this and to get invovled in what is becoming an ational movement, log on to www.pieta.ie.
The launch of the Kilkenny event will be held in city Hall on Friday, April 18 at 12.30pm and is being facilitated by the Mayor, cllr Sean O’hArgain. Everyone is welcome.
The walk will start at the army barracks, Ballybought Street entrance. The-walkers-joggers, runners will turn left on to the Castlecomer road and turn right at the first roundabout and down New Road. They will turn left just before Green’s Bridge and enter the Peace park and carry on by the bank of the river unto they come to John’s Bridge which they will across and immediately turn left on the Canal Walk. From where they follow the river until the end of the Castle Wall and turn right and up on to Castle road, almost opposite the Tennis Club. They will make their way to the Parade and continue up High Street, Parliament Street and turning right at Irishtown on to Vicar Street. At Troysgate, the group turn right on to Green Street and after crossing Green’s Bridge continue along New Road turning right at the roundabout, down the Castlecomer road, turning left on to Ballybought Street where they will be met by an army of well-wishers. To sign up for the walk just go to www.pieta.ie/dil/ by Saturday. Registration will also be held on the morning of the event and the cost is E20.