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Wednesday 23 May 2018

Dawn walk's huge €103,000

Some of the Darkness Into Light committee members. From left: Sarah Wray, Tracy O’Brien, Claire Timmons, Triona Irving, Ann Elliott, Danny Bohan, Tresi O’Brien and Ray McDonagh
Some of the Darkness Into Light committee members. From left: Sarah Wray, Tracy O’Brien, Claire Timmons, Triona Irving, Ann Elliott, Danny Bohan, Tresi O’Brien and Ray McDonagh

Mary Fogarty

The final figure for the 2017 Bray Darkness into Light was over €103,000.

Organisers thanked everyone who supported the event for Pieta House and said that it was an amazing result. This year's dawn walk will take place on Saturday, May 12, at 4.15 a.m. Almost 4,000 people turned out at four in the morning on a very cold morning last May to cover 5km as the sun came up in Bray. Participants either walked or ran the route, which included the notoriously difficult climb of the Putland Hill.

This was a record crowd of the Bray walk, with twice the number of participants of the first event in 2014.

In 2016, Bray walkers raised €81,000 for Pieta House. This brings the total raised locally since the start of the event o more than €350,000. This is part of a nationwide initiative to support the suicide prevention charity.

Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide, opened in Lucan, County Dublin in January 2006.

Since then, they have also opened two outreach centres in Tallaght and Finglas in Dublin as well as three centres of excellence in Ballyfermot in Dublin, Mungret in Limerick and Roscrea in Tipperary.

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