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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Sun rises on swimmers, walkers and motorcyclists at Bray beach

Janet McMahon, Suzanne Nicell, Denise O’Leary, Lara Dunlea and Aideen Cardiff at Darkness Into Light in Bray. Photos: Barbara Flynn
Janet McMahon, Suzanne Nicell, Denise O’Leary, Lara Dunlea and Aideen Cardiff at Darkness Into Light in Bray. Photos: Barbara Flynn

Simon Bourke

They didn't quite break the half million mark but this year's Bray Darkness into Light Walk has raised another significant sum for Pieta House. Having contributed €400,000 since hosting its first walk in 2014, organiser Danny Bohan had hoped they could pass a huge milestone this year.

'We'd been aiming to get over €500,000 with this year's event but turnout was a little down on previous years. However, we've raised at least €50,000 if not more,' he said.

Explaining that the decision to discontinue offline purchases of tshirts had led to a decrease in participants, Danny said he expected this issue to be resolved for next year and for numbers to return to normal as a result.

As for the walk itself, those present on the night witnessed what Danny described as 'the best sunrise we've had so far. It was stunning, the sun coming over the horizon at the beach.'

And while most were content to either run, jog or walk their way along the course, some did their bit in other ways.

'Some people swam, that was their way of contributing. We also had a cavalcade of motorcyclists, over 100 of them, who set off to meet the walk in Ringsend. They raised €2,000 alone,' said Danny.

Already planning for next year's event, Danny paid tribute to all those who had donated to Pieta House during the course of the event.

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