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Tens of thousands take part in 'Darkness Into Light' fundraising event nationwide

Denise Calnan

Published 10/05/2014 | 07:59

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About 80,000 people across Ireland took part in this morning’s ‘Darkness Into Light’ fundraising run, Pieta House have reported.

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The annual event is held in memory of those who have died by suicide and to raise suicide awareness.

The 5k run is held in timing with sunrise, a symbolic gesture that represents hope.

Crowds gathered at 4.15am at around 40 venues across Ireland for the run.

The fundraiser now in its sixth year, is also taking place in Syndey and London.

The cities of Boston and New York are seeking to hold the event which highlights the issue of suicide.

The event is a fundraiser for Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide, which has been open since 2006.

CEO Joan Freeman said: “At Pieta House we know that we bring people from darkness into the light.”

“Our next generation, our children, will not be afraid to talk about suicide nor will they be afraid to seek help.”

“Eight out of ten people that come to us don’t have mental health issues or psychiatric issues; they’re reacting to life events.”

NO REPRO FEE 10/05/2014. An estimated 80,000 people turned out at 37 locations across Ireland, as well as venues in London and Sydney, on Saturday morning, 10th May for Pieta Houses annual Darkness into Light 5km dawn walk/run with Electric Ireland. The flagship event in the Phoenix Park reached full capacity with 10,000 supporters taking part. www.pieta.ie Pictured are (LtoR) Joan Ennis, Gillian Ennis and Eileen Murphy. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
An estimated 80,000 people turned out at 37 locations across Ireland, as well as venues in London and Sydney, on Saturday morning, 10th May for Pieta Houses annual Darkness into Light 5km dawn walk/run with Electric Ireland. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
NO REPRO FEE 10/05/2014. An estimated 80,000 people turned out at 37 locations across Ireland, as well as venues in London and Sydney, on Saturday morning, 10th May for Pieta Houses annual Darkness into Light 5km dawn walk/run with Electric Ireland. The flagship event in the Phoenix Park reached full capacity with 10,000 supporters taking part. www.pieta.ie . Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
An estimated 80,000 people turned out at 37 locations across Ireland, as well as venues in London and Sydney, on Saturday morning, 10th May for Pieta Houses annual Darkness into Light 5km dawn walk/run with Electric Ireland. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
NO REPRO FEE 10/05/2014. An estimated 80,000 people turned out at 37 locations across Ireland, as well as venues in London and Sydney, on Saturday morning, 10th May for Pieta Houses annual Darkness into Light 5km dawn walk/run with Electric Ireland. The flagship event in the Phoenix Park reached full capacity with 10,000 supporters taking part. www.pieta.ie Pictured are (LtoR) Aisling Farrell, Fiona Daly and Caroline Daly Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
An estimated 80,000 people turned out at 37 locations across Ireland, as well as venues in London and Sydney, on Saturday morning, 10th May for Pieta Houses annual Darkness into Light 5km dawn walk/run with Electric Ireland. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Ms Freeman added: “Thank you to the people of Ireland for doing this. It might be a little wet tomorrow morning, and certainly it’ll be cold, so thank you to everyone.”

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