Electric Ireland has supported Darkness into Light since 2013, working with Pieta to bring hope to customers, staff and communities across Ireland that have been affected by suicide.
Suicide shows no boundaries affecting communities right around the country and as a leading brand in Ireland we have the responsibility to help and give back to the communities in which our customers live in.
Having started out with approximately 400 people walking the course in Dublin’s Phoenix Park in 2009, Darkness Into Light has grown to see at peak over 200,000 people in 19 countries across 5 continents taking part in the global movement and sharing the light to remove the stigma around suicide and self-harm and spread the power of hope in Ireland and around the globe.
Johnny & Gertie
The walk is full of stories, as people of all ages come together to walk from Darkness Into Light. One story that resonates more than most is that of Johnny and Gertie Fox. What makes their story different is that they were a part of the Pieta committee that created the idea for Darkness into Light in 2008. What then started with 479 participants in one venue, Darkness into light has since grown into a global movement of almost 200,000 people strong across five continents.
Every year, Johnny stands at the finish line at the Phoenix Park cheering on every person who crosses it, from the very first runner, to the final finisher. Without his tireless dedication and Gertie’s support, the walk wouldn’t be what it is today. At Electric Ireland, we are proud to be working alongside people like the Foxes, the thousands of volunteers and participants who help to make Darkness Into Light the movement it is today.
Supporting Pieta House
All funds raised through Darkness Into Light will support Pieta to deliver its counselling, therapy and bereavement services across its 15 centres in Ireland, operate its 24-hour suicide helpline (1800 247 247) and contributes to the Resilience Academy programme which supports youth mental health in schools. Since opening its doors 13 years ago, Pieta supported 40,000 people who were at the point of suicidal crisis and/or engaging in self-harm.