The annual Darkness Into Light Walk, held in numerous locations nationwide, is the main fundraiser for Pieta House, the suicide and bereavement charity.
This unique event begins in darkness at 4.15 am as people walk or run a 5km route while the dawn is breaking.
This year, walks will be held in a number of towns in Roscommon and East Galway on Saturday, 6th of May.
In Roscommon town, people as asked to assemble at the Convent Gym for the 5th Roscommon Town Walk.
Registration is open online now at www.pieta.ie and there will also be registration in Fleming’s SuperValu, Main Street, Roscommon on Saturday, April 29th from 10 am to 6 pm and again in the former Hynes Butchers building (Main Street, Roscommon) on Wednesday, May 3rd and Thursday, May 4th (5 pm to 8 pm).
If you, or anyone you know needs support with any issue, please contact Pieta House on Freephone 1800 247 247.
This year’s Ballygar Darkness Into Light pre-registration will take place on Saturday, 29th of April in Holmes Centra, Ballygar. This will coincide with the Ballygar Annual Bag Pack which will take place on Friday, 28th and Saturday, 29th of April, also in Holmes Centra.
This is Ballygar’s fifth Darkness Into Light. Last year, the town raised €24,250 for Pieta House.
Inaugural Walk in Glenamaddy
Glenamaddy is to host its inaugural Darkness Into Light Walk. The launch took place in Glenamaddy Community School recently, where students provided traditional Irish music and the school choir – directed by their teacher Niamh O’Flanagan – sang a number of songs, which mirrored the theme of hope embodied by Darkness Into Light.
Representatives from local organisations, including Pieta House West, spoke about the importance of raising awareness of mental health issues in communities such as Glenamaddy. Michael Fitzmaurice, TD, complimented the committee on the dedication and determination that they had already shown in getting DIL up and running. Students from Glenamaddy Community School also took the opportunity to present Pieta House with the proceeds from a fundraising CD.
DIL Glenamaddy Chairperson, Mary Jo Comer, said that she was humbled by the response she had received from the moment the idea had been raised.
The walk will commence at Glenamaddy Community School on Saturday, 6th of May.