Darkness into Light for Cashel
A large crowd turned out in The Premier Hall, Thurles on Monday night as Joan Freeman, CEO of suicide and self-harm crisis centre Pieta House, launched Tipperary’s Darkness into Light event with Electric Ireland for 2014.
Taking place on Saturday, May 10, Darkness into Light is a unique, early morning fundraising event which begins in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking.
Roscrea has hosted Darkness into Light annually since 2012 and this year, for the first time, there will be a location in Cashel.
Speaking at the launch, Joan Freeman said: “Roscrea has been a really successful venue for Darkness into Light so I’m delighted to see the event grow in Tipperary with a new location in Cashel.
I want to thank everyone throughout the county who has supported us over the past number of years and I hope we’ll have huge numbers out on the morning of May 10. We’re also delighted to have the support of Electric Ireland again this year who are helping us to expand Darkness into Light into every corner of Ireland.”
The launch was attended by Pieta House’s Cashel and Roscrea Committees along with Joan Freeman, CEO of Pieta House and Nicola O’Leary representing Darkness into Light’s sponsor, Electric Ireland.
Darkness into Light 2013 attracted 40,000 participants in 20 locations around Ireland. With this year’s event taking place in an incredible 39 locations including international walks in London and Sydney, Pieta House is hoping for a near doubling of last year’s turnout.
Roscrea’s Darkness into Light event sets off from Abbey Scout Hall while Cashel’s event will begin at Cashel Rugby Club. Online registration and further details are available now at dil.pieta.ie.
This year, Pieta House is linking Darkness into Light with their Mind Our Men campaign which aims to reduce male suicide in Ireland.
They are asking participants to bring a male friend or family member with them on the walk – it could be a friend, brother, father or work colleague.