Tuesday 17 October 2017

Laura Whitmore and Eoghan McDermott join over 100,000 around the world in Darkness into Light walk

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Irish TV presenters Eoghan McDermott and Laura Whitmore joined more than 100,000 people throughout the world as they walked from Darkness into Light in aid of Pieta House this morning.

The pair took part in the London event, which saw early risers begin the walk at 4.15am in Ireland and far flung locations including New York, Sydney and Calgary and Toronto.

“Getting up at 3am with @thewhitmore to walk the London Darkness into Light for Pieta House. Good luck to all you beautiful souls,” tweeted Eoghan.

More than 1,500 people walked in UK cities London, Manchester and Glasgow.

The friends shared photographs on their social media accounts of the event, which brought together thousands of Irish people on the street of London to help raise funds for suicide prevention.

Meanwhile, Darkness into Light founder Joan Freeman said the huge numbers taking part in events around the world was testament to Irish people.

"For the last few years the voice shouting against the tragedy of #suicide belonged to Pieta House. Now this voice belongs to the Irish people and this shout has turned into a bellow, we will win this war because of you,” she said.

Pieta House, which has ten centres in Ireland, is set to open its first overseas centre in Queens, New York this summer as it begins to reach out to members of the Irish diaspora who may be in need of support.

In celebration of the theme ‘connecting’ for this year’s Darkness into Light walk, Dublin Bus provided a free shuttle service connecting Heuston Station to the flagship walk in Phoenix Park.

Elsewhere around Ireland, local businesses showed their support to the thousands of others taking part in local events by opening early and providing walkers with free tea, coffee, and water.

Pieta House, which has ten centres in Ireland, is set to open its first overseas centre in Queens, New York this summer as it begins to reach out to members of the Irish diaspora who may be in need of support.

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