From The East Cork Journal.
It is just over a week until the 11th annual Darkness into Light 5km Walks will be taking place all over Ireland and in 12 international venues across the world. On 11 May at 4.15am in East Cork, Darkness into Light events in aid of Pieta House will take place in Glanmire, Cobh, Midleton and Youghal. Online registrations continue but committees want to stress that t-shirts will not be guaranteed to arrive on time for any registration after Friday, 3 May. It should also be noted that registration will not be available at the time of the events.
All walks will commence at 4.15am and follow a predetermined route. Recommendations are that you dress warmly in layers. Food and beverages will be available at all the finishing points. The start and end points for each event are as follows:
● Glanmire – Glanmire Community College
● Cobh – Cobh Heritage Centre
● Midleton – Market Green Shopping Centre
● Youghal – Aura Leisure Centre
All participants in Darkness into Light are advised to show up early to soak up the entertainment, ceremonies, atmosphere and speeches. Anyone who took part in the walks at any of the venues last year, will tell you just how special and uniting the feeling is.
Midleton DIL will have plenty of entertainment for the enjoyment of all participants. People are advised to come early and be aware of parking restrictions, as only the overflow car park at Market Green will be open.
Cobh DIL have DJ Aaron Stanton to provide entertainment and some special guests. Parking available in the 5 foot way, adjacent to new playground. Cathedral car park will also be open. Speaking with one of the main organisers, John Mansworth, he said, “We hope the community will come out in force again this year. As well as refreshments at the finish line, the Water’s Edge Hotel will be opening for breakfast from about 5am.”
The Youghal DIL committee similarly have great entertainment lined up at the beginning of the event and along the trail also. Several businesses including the CND café and Youghal Golf Club Diningroom will be opening for breakfast after the walk.
Keep an eye on local Darkness into Light Facebook pages for more updates as the date approaches.
It is estimated that for every one suicide, 135 lives are affected. In Ireland, there are 10 suicides a week, 2 females and 8 males, equalling an estimated 1,350 people every week touched by suicide.
Pieta House speaks with, and advises, an average of 84 people a day, ranging in age from mid-80’s to just 5 years old. Each of these people have struggled with suicidal feelings, self-harming or bereavement. Pieta House can be contacted at any time night or day by calling 1800 247 247 or texting 51444.