Tuesday 22 May 2018

Darkness into Light charity walk

Candles laid out during the 2012 Darkness Into Light 5K Charity Road Race Photo: Sportsfile
Candles laid out during the 2012 Darkness Into Light 5K Charity Road Race Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Connacht Rugby is calling on people across the province to sign up to what is set to be the biggest Darkness Into Light walk, the Pieta House annual fundraising and awareness event.

As official charity partners to Connacht, representatives from suicide and self-harm crisis centre Pieta House, Tom McEvoy and Donna Burke, joined players Tiernan O'Halloran and Jake Heenan and mascot Eddie the Eagle this week to encourage people to take part in this year's event.

DIL takes place in 22 venues across Connacht this year, and overall 90 venues will host the event in Ireland.

Connacht head coach Pat Lam will be cutting the ribbon to open the Darkness Into Light 5km walk/race at Salthill, Galway at 4.15am on Saturday, May 7 and Eddie the Eagle will run alongside fans and participants. Darkness Into Light is a unique, early morning experience which begins in darkness at 4.15 as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking.

"Darkness Into Light is a wonderful event, it's an opportunity for people to get up early and join their communities in support of those affected by suicide or self-harm," said Lam.

"This year we are asking fans to get involved in Darkness Into Light.

"That afternoon we play Glasgow in the Sportsground so it's going to be a big day for us all, and we're asking everyone to start their day by taking part to help raise awareness and fund-raise for Pieta House."

Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre with nine centres throughout Ireland.

To date, Pieta House has supported more than 20,000 people, with more than 5,000 of those seeking help in 2015.

Irish Independent

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