Thousands are expected to participate in this year’s Darkness Into Light walks on May 11 to raise awareness of mental health and suicide.
It’s expected that across 19 countries and over 200 venues there’ll be approximately 250,000 people taking part in Darkness Into Light 2019.
Organised by Pieta House and supported by Electric Ireland, the event has taken place each year in Ireland since 2013. The global movement aims to bring an end to suicide and provide help for those who self-harm.
Darkness Into Light is now looking for people in Cork to register and take part in this year’s walk. Last year, walkers raised €6 million towards the cause. Those who sign up can take part in the 5km walk in many towns across Cork city and county.
The special fundraiser begins at 4.15am, shortly before sunrise, as participants literally walk from darkness into light. All funds raised go towards helping keep Pieta House’s counselling service free of charge to those who suffer from mental health issues and family members of those too.
Pieta House also operates the free 24-hour suicide helpline 1800 247 247. For more information about their services, visit www.pieta.ie.
Marguerite Sayers, of Electric Ireland, said: "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.”
To sign up to participate in this year’s Darkness Into Light, visit http://www.darknessintolight.ie and find your nearest participating venue.