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Saturday 15 December 2018

Darkness into Light delivers €19,100 for Pieta House

Una Cosgrave Hanley, Lorainne Whelehan, Pam Nicholison, Gavin Farnan, Barbara Morris from Pieta House fundraising, Mags O’Toole and Keith Navel at the presentation of over €19,000, the proceeds of the 2018 Baltinglass Darkness into Light
Una Cosgrave Hanley, Lorainne Whelehan, Pam Nicholison, Gavin Farnan, Barbara Morris from Pieta House fundraising, Mags O’Toole and Keith Navel at the presentation of over €19,000, the proceeds of the 2018 Baltinglass Darkness into Light

Organisers of the successful Baltinglass Darkness into Light 2018 met with Pieta House representative Barbara Morris recently where they proudly presented a cheque for €19,127.73.

This year's event was a wonderful success with well over 830 walkers taking part.

Funds raised are used by Pieta's local services and help to run counselling services as well as the 24 hour helpline 1800 247 247.

Local coffee shops as far away as Kiltegan opened up early and donated a percentage of proceedings or gave free beverages to participants on the day of the dawn walk while many other local shops and suppliers donated a variety of supplies, including water, fruit, PA systems, lights, office facilities, meeting space, a stage, barriers and Wi-Fi access with locals helping steward, document and warm up the walkers before they set off in a sea of yellow!

A huge amount of work went on behind the scenes checking the route, stewarding, notifying residents, facilitating donations, sending press releases, putting up posters, account maintenance, helping with registrations, and organising First Aid, Garda escorts, fire brigade, on-site safety on the day and of course the clean-up and many more small jobs.

With this in mind, anyone who would like to get involved next year is welcome to contact the committee which plans to start preparations in March.

Wicklow People

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