Fundraisers for charity Pieta hope that this year’s special Darkness Into Light Sunrise on May 8 will “unite us whilst still physically apart”.
Ahead of the event, which helps shine a light on suicide and self-harm while raising vital funds for Pieta’s lifesaving services, campaign ambassadors have written ‘Sunrise Notes’, which detail how they have found light in the dark, especially over the last 12 months.
Author Donal Ryan’s notes detail: “The noblest of all ambitions is to be kind, to ourselves and the people around us. We should allow ourselves peace, quietness, stillness. We should all let ourselves off the hook.”
Olympic diver Oliver Dingley said that communication has been his “saving grace”. “For a long time, I could barely bring myself to have a shower and eat, let alone have a conversation about my thoughts and feelings. Sometimes just having a chat can make the world seem a brighter place.”
Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan commented: “This year has seen Irish people adapt and come together in times of darkness.
"Let’s unite for Darkness Into Light: One Sunrise Together.”
Electric Ireland is supporting the event for the ninth year and is urging people across the country to sign up at darknessintolight.ie to take part in the special Darkness Into Light Sunrise on May 8.