Saturday 20 January 2018

From Tuam to Taipei - Darkness Into Light set for its biggest year yet

Joan Freeman of Pieta House
Joan Freeman of Pieta House
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

From Tuam to Taipei, Darkness Into Light is getting ready for its biggest year yet with 120 venues set to host the event.

The annual fundraising and awareness run for Pieta House will take place on Saturday, May 7 2016.

As part of the charity run, participants gather simultaneously at multiple locations around the world to walk or run into dawn.

Christchurch, New Zealand and Taipei, Taiwan are amongst the new venues that will host the dawn walk in 2016.

“We’re very grateful to the communities across Ireland and abroad for your continued support to Pieta House” said Pieta House founder Joan Freeman.

“Your courage, vision and generosity have contributed to bringing hope to thousands of people every year and has led to the phenomenal success that is Darkness Into Light.

Joan Freeman of Pieta House
Joan Freeman of Pieta House

"As Pieta House celebrates its tenth year, you can be very proud of what you have achieved” she added.

Now in its eighth year, Darkness Into Light will happen in over 100 venues across Ireland and abroad and organisers are expecting over 120,000 people to participate.

The event, supported by Electric Ireland, has been described as "so much more than a fundraiser".

“Darkness Into Light and its important message has truly captured the imagination and support of the Irish nation” said Electric Ireland executive director, Jim Dollard.

“The event is so much more than a fundraiser, just as importantly it is successfully driving conversations around suicide and self-harm while representing hope and solidarity for those whose lives have been impacted by these issues.”

Over the last decade, more than 20,000 people have come through the doors of Pieta House, with over 5,000 of those seeking help in 2015.

Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre founded in Lucan, Co. Dublin in 2006 and now has nine centres throughout Ireland.

Registration for Darkness into Light is available online now at  

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