The Darkness Into Light walk has become a real success story in Wexford over the past three years. Each year it has seen people walk side by side into the Wexford sunrise in what has become a great symbol of hope as well as a vital fundraiser for Pieta House.
This year was no different and the organisers of the event back in May were delighted to hand over a cheque for €42,301.75 to Pieta House; money that will now be used to maintain a vital service for people struggling with mental health issues in Wexford and across the country.
Over the past three years, the annual event has raised in the region of €150,000 for the cause in Wexford town alone, with similar events taking place in Enniscorthy and New Ross. However, the success of the event isn't just measured in financial terms. It also provides a wonderful opportunity for those who have been touched by suicide to meet up, talk and walk together as the sun comes up.
'We're very happy with the amount we raised once again,' said Chief organiser Liam McCabe.
'It's been steady enough over the past three years and we've raised around €150,000 which is good going. The money will now be used to keep the vital services provided by Pieta House free to people who need them and they were delighted to receive the money.'
Liam also hailed the Wexford community for really coming together for the cause.
'It was a real community atmosphere,' he said.
'The support was brilliant, both from people taking part and from local businesses. We also had great support from St Joseph's Community Centre, Marinewatch, the Coastguard, the gardaí, the fire service and the Summerhill guides who all helped out. We're delighted with how things went and delighted to hand over the cheque.'