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Sunday 16 June 2019

Over 1,000 walk from Darkness Into Light

Participants of Courtown’s Darkness Into Light take a moment to capture the sunrise following Saturday’s walk, where over 1,000 people took part. Photo courtesy of Glen Deacon
Participants of Courtown’s Darkness Into Light take a moment to capture the sunrise following Saturday’s walk, where over 1,000 people took part. Photo courtesy of Glen Deacon

Cathy Lee

Across the country, 200,000 people got up early on Saturday morning and took part in a five kilometre walk or run starting in darkness and ending in light, to raise awareness and funds in support of Pieta House, to unite against suicide and self harm.

In Courtown, over 1,000 people gathered at Flanagan's Wharf to being their journey, and as the running began, The Dawn Chorus Choir were on hand to give encouragement through song.

'It was fantastic, it gets busier every year and it's all about the community coming together for this upbeat event,' said organiser Geraldine Shiel.

Overall, more than €20,000 was collected during the morning.

Last year the local Men's Shed made a thank you sign, which was used again this year and the team made sure that Courtown was well lit up, with everybody as part of the community playing their part, from security to lights.

'Everyone had their own special moment, but we were together in solidarity,' said Geraldine Shiel.

She explained that Darkness Into Light events help to highlight issues, and it also allows people to meet others and look for that connection to other people.

'We were all different types of people, walking for the same thing,' she said.

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.

Gorey Guardian

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