From The East Cork Journal.
Early Bird Registration has opened for this year’s Darkness into Light in aid of Pieta House. The event itself takes place in towns around the country on Saturday, 11 May. Early Registration opened on last Wednesday, 20 February and will continue at a discount price until 31 March. Prices include a Darkness into Light t-shirt which will be delivered by post 7-10 days after you register online.
DIL committees meetings continue in each town as they put the finishing, personalised touches to their event. All in support of Pieta House, figures for last year’s events in East Cork were phenomenal.
- Youghal held its inaugural DIL with 1,553 signing up online and others registering on the day to take part. €32,678 was raised in all.
- Glanmire – had 1,783 registered online participants. Like other venues however, more people registered on the day of the event. They raised €40,552.
- Cobh – had 1,718 pre-registered participants raising €31,788
- Midleton – had 1,361 walkers raising €35,037
Pieta House is a centre for the prevention of suicide and self-harm. It offers free therapies and counselling to those in suicidal distress or engaging in self harm. It also offers counselling to those bereaved by suicide.2017 figures for Ireland show 392 lives were lost to suicide, more than a life a day. The symbolic walk of Darkness into Light represents the journey of those coming out of the darkness of suicidal thoughts and depression and into the light of hope in a brighter future. There is no city, town or village in Ireland that has not been affected at some time by suicide in the community and the confusion, incredulity and pure grief that surrounds it. Pieta House and each community that takes part in Darkness into Light want to let those suffering know they are not alone. The sheer crowds that took part in each event last year is testament to that. Communities stand together, shoulder to shoulder to support those who need it most and think all is lost. Together, we will find it. Help is here.
Pieta House a 24/7 Freephone helpline on 1800 247 247 staffed by qualified therapists. Or you can text HELP to 51444. Pieta House in Shanakiel, Sunday’s Well Cork is 021 4395333.
Opening Hours are follows:
Monday: 9am to 8pm
Tuesday: 9am to 8pm
Wednesday: 9am to 8pm
Thursday: 9am to 8pm
Friday: 9am to 6pm
Saturday: 10am to 2pm