Nineteen events are planned in Galway for this year’s Darkness Into Light, the annual fundraising event organised by Pieta.
Supported by Electric Ireland, the event will take place as the sun rises on Saturday, May 7 in 17 countries across five continents.
The fundraiser will start at sunrise and continue through to dawn to symbolise the journey from despair to hope.
The Galway launch of Darkness Into Light took place at Kylemore Abbey, which will host its first Darkness into Light walk.
Speaking at the launch, Conor Coyne, Executive Director of the Kylemore Trust, said they are honoured to play host to Darkness Into Light for the very first time.
“The last few years have taken their toll on every household, village and town in the country and this type of community activity is more important than ever,” he said.
“We encourage people from near and far to join us, or any of the other locations, in getting involved. Let’s show our support for Pieta this May and welcome in a sunrise with thousands of others around the country.”
Calling on people to sign up at www.darknessintolight.ie, the organisers are reminding participants that by signing up to the event, they are making a valuable contribution to helping raise funds for Pieta’s life-saving work in therapy and support services for those impacted by suicide.
In 2021 alone, the 24/7 Pieta Helpline received almost 100,000 calls and texts and close to 2,000 crisis calls and texts each week. In response, each month, the team at Pieta provides over 4,000 hours of suicide and self-harm crisis therapy.