The walk which began in 2009 in Phoenix Park, Dublin seen 400 people set off on a walk which soon turned into a Nationwide, annual event to raise funds for Pieta House. The walk has grown in popularity ever since, and in 2018 – has seen over 200,000 people take part in 50 locations across 16 counties.
In an excerpt from the Pieta House Website:
“Each year the walk provides an opportunity for people to connect with their local community and to show their support for those who have been bereaved by suicide. Our team of volunteers, in Ireland and overseas, return year on year to help make the experience a rewarding one and to help us all continue to raise awareness in the global fight against suicide and self-harm.
Since Darkness Into Light began, our dedicated supporters have helped us raise almost €20 million, which has enabled us to keep our doors and our 24/7 helpline open for people in crisis, free of charge. Since 2012, when our first international event took place in London, our international charity partners have benefited from an investment of €3 million in local mental health support services.
Walk with us, talk with us, so that together we can create a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.”
Want to Donate?
Are you taking part in a Darkness Into Light walk this year? Send us your images as you progress through Darkness into Light on May 11th.
We’ve got a list of Darkness Into Light events in Cork this year:
- Cork City
- U.C.C. Cork City
- Colaiste Choilm, Main Street
- Dunnes Stores, Ballyvolane
- Ballyvourney GAA Club
- Bandon GAA Club, Charlie Hurley Park
- Bantry Blue GAA Club
- Collins Supervalu, Main Street
- Beara Bay Hotel
- Clonakilty GAA Club
- Cobh Heritage Centre
- Sam McGuire GAA Pavilion
- Fermoy GAA Club
- Glanmire Community College
- Uibh Laoire GAA Club
- Edel Quinn Hall
- Saile Sports and Leisure Centre
- Mallow College of Further Education
- Market Green Shopping Centre
- Mitchelstown Leisure Centre
- Schull Parish Hall
- O’Donovan Rossa GAA Club
- Aura Leisure Centre