Monday 21 October 2019

200,000 people support Pieta's 'Darkness Into Light' in Ireland and across the world

The Power of Hope: Pictured at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Stephen McDonagh and Sharon Lawlor from Clondalkin at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Stephen McDonagh and Sharon Lawlor from Clondalkin at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Stephen McDonagh and Sharon Lawlor from Clondalkin at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Conor Neylon from North Strand and Miriam O’Keefe from Terenure at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Declan Fetherston and his grandson Calvin Fetherston (9yrs) from Allanwood, Kildare at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
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A massive 200,000 people across Ireland and throughout the world took part in Pieta's Darkness Into Light earlier today.

Starting at 4.15am Irish time, walkers assembled across 202 venues across Ireland and 18 other countries.

Organisers say Pieta's annual fundraiser - supported by Electric Ireland - is now a global event allowing people to come together to remove the stigma around suicide and self-har, while spreading the power of hope in Ireland and around the world.

All funds raised through Darkness Into Light will support Pieta to deliver its counselling, therapy and bereavement services across its 15 centres in Ireland, operate its 24-hour suicide helpline (1800 247 247) and contributes to the Resilience Academy programme which supports youth mental health in schools.

Two participants pose for the Darkness Into Light on Tory Island, Donegal
Pic: Bernie McNulty
Two participants pose for the Darkness Into Light on Tory Island, Donegal Pic: Bernie McNulty
Darkness Into Light in Gaoth Dobhair Photo by Bríd Sweeney
Darkness Into Light in Gaoth Dobhair Photo by Bríd Sweeney
Darkness Into Light in Gaoth Dobhair Photo by Bríd Sweeney
Darkness Into Light in Gaoth Dobhair Photo by Bríd Sweeney
Darkness Into Light in Gaoth Dobhair Photo by Bríd Sweeney
Darkness Into Light in Gaoth Dobhair Photo by Bríd Sweeney
Some Darkness into Light participants outside the Phoenix Park last night Pic: Des Forde
Participants in Darkness Into Light event on Tory Island, Donegal Pic: Bernie McNulty
Darkness Into Light in Gaoth Dobhair Photo by Bríd Sweeney
Sisters Laura Walsh, Grace Kelly and Jacintha O'Connor at the Darkness Into Light event in Galway Pic: Jacintha O'Connor
Darkness Into Light in Gaoth Dobhair Photo by Bríd Sweeney
Darkness Into Light in Gaoth Dobhair Photo by Bríd Sweeney
Participants in Darkness Into Light event on Tory Island, Donegal Pic: Bernie McNulty
Darkness into Light in Salthill, Co Galway Pic: Ciara O'Mahony
Darkness Into Light in Gaoth Dobhair Photo by Bríd Sweeney
Darkness Into Light in Gaoth Dobhair Photo by Bríd Sweeney
A canine participant lends his support to the Darkness Into Light event in Gaoth Dobhair Pic: Brid Sweeney
Louise Purdy Wilde with her two sons Dara and Sam at the Darkness Into Light event at Malahide Castle Pic: Louise Purdy Wilde
Participants in the Darkness Into Light event in Melbourne, Australia Pic: Gill Holden
The Sargent family on the Darkness Into Light event in Brisbane Australia Pic: Suzannne Vize Sargent
Walkers gathered at Westport House before the start of the Pieta House’s Darkness Into Light Walk Westport, Co Mayo Photo Conor McKeown
Aodain, Leonie and Cormac Feehan with thier dog Duffy after taking part in Darkness Into Light Walk Westport Photo Conor McKeown.
Sisters and members of the Clew Bay Pipe Band Katie and Roisin Hogan provided Music during the Darkness Into Light Walk Westport, Westport House. Photo Conor McKeown
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Sandra, Andrew and Evannah (13yrs) Mahon from Ashbyrne, Co. Kildare at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Donnachadh (6yrs) and Saoirse (8yrs) Ronan Wells from Clondalkin, Dublin at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Michelle Callan, Jake Callan (6yrs), Mellissa Callan from Palmerstown, Dublin at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were melda Connolly and Margaret Kennedy, mum and daughter from Clondalkin, Dublin at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Margaret Keogh and Ann Marie Lyons, Dublin 7 at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Joanne Radburn, North Great Charles St, Dublin 1 at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Fin Schronknechd and Bernie Woolhead, mother and son from Celbridge, Co. Kildare at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Mary Locke and Anne McGowan with Benjy the dog, from Glasnevin at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Mary Locke with Benjy the dog, from Glasnevin at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Ingrida Sabaliauskiene and Aiste Sabaliauskiene at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Ingrida Sabaliauskiene and Aiste Sabaliauskiene at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

Since opening its doors 13 years ago, Pieta say they have supported 40,000 people who were at the point of suicidal crisis and/or engaging in self-harm.

Speaking on this morning’s events, Elaine Austin, CEO, Pieta said: “Darkness Into Light unites us as people, from rural communities to major cities, across the globe, in a spirit of comfort and compassion to give and build hope. It connects us all, creating the energy for change, in which suicidal thoughts, self-harm and stigma can be replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. 

"It is vital for the delivery of our services and for raising awareness. We are so thankful to have had 200,000 people walking with us today from Darkness Into Light.

"I want to thank our volunteers, our supporters, our partner Electric Ireland and all the participants for their involvement in this year’s event. However, the journey continues beyond the finish line of the walk. It is vital that we continue to build hope.”  

Darkness Into Light is vital for fundraising and for raising awareness on the issue of suicide. If you didn’t get a chance to support you can still donate; visit www.darknessintolight.ie and click donate.

 

The Power of Hope: Pictured were Darren Gleeson and Karoline Wymyslo from Dunshaughlan, Co. Meath with baby Maia (16 months) at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Darren Gleeson and Karoline Wymyslo from Dunshaughlan, Co. Meath with baby Maia (16 months) at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Darren Gleeson from Dunshaughlan, Co. Meath with his daughter Maia (16 months) at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Darren Gleeson from Dunshaughlan, Co. Meath with his daughter Maia (16 months) at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Declan Fetherston and his grandson Calvin Fetherston (9yrs) from Allanwood, Kildare at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Amanda Armstrong, Louise Connors, Nadine Connors and Rachel Connors – sisters from Clondalkin, Co. Dublin at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Danielle Sullivan and Shane O’Cusack from Crumlin, Co. Dublin at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Denise Loftus and Elaine Bias from Cabra, Co. Dublin walking for their friend Paudie O’Flaherty at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Samantha McCormick, Ciara McGarry and Anne Marie O’Brien. Teachers from St Dominics College Cabra at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Danielle Sullivan and Shane O’Cusack from Crumlin, Co. Dublin at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Danielle Sullivan and Shane O’Cusack from Crumlin, Co. Dublin at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Robert Doherty Doherty from Fawn, Donegal with his daughter Isabella (6yrs) at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Robert Doherty Doherty from Fawn, Donegal with his daughter Isabella (6yrs) at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.
The Power of Hope: Pictured were Ingrida Sabaliauskiene and Aiste Sabaliauskiene at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Thousands of people across 202 locations worldwide walked together in hope against suicide at this year’s Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, raising vital funds to ensure Pieta can continue to provide critical support in the fight against suicide. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

 

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