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Saturday 20 September 2014

Embracing the light

Emma Gallagher

Published 15/04/2014 | 05:40

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Joan Freeman, CEO Pieta House, Kian Egan, Mayor Marcella McGarry, Kevin Molloy, Electric Ireland

Kian Egan took a break from his hectic schedule with The Voice to help launch a major fundraiser for Pieta House in May.

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Kian Egan took a break from his hectic schedule with The Voice to help launch a major fundraiser for Pieta House in May.

Darkness into Light, now in its second year, sees thousands of people across the country take part in an early morning walk to raise awareness for the charity.

Pieta House has nine centres in Ireland to assist people who self harm or may be suicidal.

Tom McEvoy, of Pieta, said that the charity is expecting to double the number of Sligo participants this year.

He said: "It was wonderful to have Kian Egan there at the launch, he is a great support to us.

"He is a friend of one of the committee members helping out this year and he was very happy to get involved."

He added that 500 people took part last year in Sligo and they are aiming for more than a thousand for the event on Saturday, May 10th.

The route begins and finishes at St Mary's GAA Club at 4.15am and you can walk or run the 5km.

Tom added: "Darkness into Light symbolises people who are in darkness and despair and offers hope, in a way walking from darkness into the dawn.

"It began in the Phoenix Park with 200 people and this year is taking place in 37 locations around Ireland, and also London and Sydney."

The closest Pieta centre to the Northwest is Tuam.

"All our services are free.

"People can lift the phone, make an appointment, they will then get an assessment by us and therapy starts."

The phone number for Pieta House in Tuam is 093 25586.

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