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Friday 25 May 2018

Walkers and singers ready for 'Darkness into Light' events

Edel Murray, Jayne Robinson Brogan and Sharon Kelly of Balbriggan Gospel Choir who will sing at the Skerries Darkness Into Light event
Edel Murray, Jayne Robinson Brogan and Sharon Kelly of Balbriggan Gospel Choir who will sing at the Skerries Darkness Into Light event

John Manning

Thousands will walk into the dawn sunrise at Malahide Castle and Red Island in Skerries in the very early hours of Saturday, May 12 to lend their support to Pieta House's 'Darkness Into Light' event to promote suicide prevention and positive mental health.

Darkness Into Light (DIL) is Pieta House's flagship annual fundraising and awareness event.

It started with approximately 400 people in the now iconic yellow DIL T-shirts walking the 5km course in Dublin's Phoenix Park in 2009. This year, Pieta House will have roughly 180 DIL venues across Ireland and worldwide. Last year we had 180,000 people sharing the light and helping the organistion to promote suicide prevention and to tackle the stigma that leads people to the doors of Pieta House centres.

There will two opportunities for people in Fingal to participate locally, with Malahide's Darkness into Light event setting off from the Castle end car park at Malahide Castle at 4.15am and from Red Island in Skerries at the same time.

A special treat for those taking part in Skerries is that they will be welcomed at the start and finish of the 5km route by the beautiful and uplifting sounds of Balbriggan Gospel Choir who have songs rehearsed that will match the spirit of this wonderful event.

Pieta House say it's their vision to 'create a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance'. Darkness into Light is vital for its fundraising, for raising awareness and for bringing people together it works towards 'a suicide-free world'.

The Pieta House helpline can be contacted at 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444.

Fingal Independent

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