People Urged To Take Part In Dingle’s ‘Darkness Into Light’ Event

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The launch of the Dingle Darkness Into Light last week.

IF you’re in the west of the county, then you may want to take part in a great event coming up this May.

Darkness Into Light – Pieta House’s flagship fundraising awareness event – celebrates its tenth year this May 12 in over 150 venues in Ireland and across the world and Dingle is one of those places.

Darkness Into Light Dingle was launched last Wednesday in the Skellig Hotel Dingle and  chairperson of the Dingle committee, Róisín Uí Bheaglaoi is encouraging the local community to take part.

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“Dingle has been incredibly supportive of the event since our first year in 2015. Last year, 600 people took part from the local community, and we would love to see that go up this year. Suicide and self-harm are serious problems in Kerry and we need to face them together.”

Darkness Into Light began in 2009 when 400 people came together in Dublin’s Phoenix Park to raise awareness about suicide and self-harm. From these humble beginnings, Darkness Into Light has blossomed into a global movement against suicide and self-harm, with over 200,000 expected to take part on Saturday, May 12th this year. This unique event begins at 4.15am as participants walk 5km routes around the world and finish as the dawn is breaking, journeying together from Darkness Into Light.

Speaking on the importance of the event, Pieta House CEO, Brian Higgins, said, “I want to ask everybody to wake up and join us in support of families and friends affected by suicide and self-harm. All of our services are free, but the demand for them is ever-increasing. We all need to wake up to the stigmas that lead people to self-harm and into suicidal crisis, and to the doors of Pieta House.”

Registration for this year’s event is opened on March 22 and is exclusively online at Community registration events will take place closer to the date; for updates please find Darkness Into Light Dingle on Facebook.

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