After launching the larger than life wall of Hope in April on Camden Row in Dublin, Electric Ireland and Pieta House spoke to some of their key ambassadors for Darkness Into Light to find out why they walk.
The unique walk is a symbolic journey from despair to hope. It begins, in darkness, at 4.15am and continues for 5 kilometres through to dawn. Funds raised from Darkness Into Light help keep Pieta’s counselling services free of charge and freely accessible to those in suicidal crisis, people who engage in self-harm, and to those bereaved by suicide; last year, participants raised a massive €6 million through the event. It is anticipated that a quarter of a million people will walk for Darkness into Light this year, sign up and experience the Power of Hope.
The Darkness into Light ambassadors include chef Derry Clarke who lost his son Andrew 2013, rugby pro Jack McGrath whose older brother passed 2010 and GAA player Shane Carthy who endured his own mental health struggles before stepping forward to publicly open up about his experiences in 2018.
Derry Clarke, comments that Darkness Into Light is an important event and remarks why he walk,
“It’s a beautiful beautiful thing to do because it brings us together as people”
After his talking through his problems, Shane found that his family’s help and support was most invaluable on his journey. Shane comments on why he walks, “I’ve seen the other side and I’m in a much better place now”.
Electric Ireland and Pieta House catch up with their Darkness Into Light ambassadors to find out why they walk
Professional rugby player for Ulster and Ireland Jack McGrath also Darkness Into Light ambassador remarks why he walks, “Pieta House and what they do is very close to my heart”
Electric Ireland have proudly supported Pieta House with Darkness Into Light since 2013. Darkness Into Light has reached across borders and is now a global movement dedicated to ending suicide and supporting those who engage in self-harm. With Electric Ireland’s and the public’s support Darkness Into Light has grown from 20 venues to over 200 venues this year. When walking for Darkness Into Light you are play a very important role – you are helping by removing the stigma around suicide, self-harm as well as raising vital funds to fight suicide and you are raising hope among the masses.
If you or a loved one ever need help, call Pieta House on the freephone number 1800 247 247
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