Elaine Austin, CEO, Pieta House and Marguerite Sayers, Executive Director, ESB Customer Solutions pictured with Darkness into Light ambassadors Shane Carthy, Derry Clarke and Jack McGrath at the unveiling of ‘The Wall of Hope’ to officially launch Darkness into Light 2019.
Electric Ireland alongside Pieta House unveiled the ‘Wall of Hope’ on April 10th - a work of art created to officially launch Darkness into Light 2019.
DARKNESS INTO LIGHT EXPECTED TO ATTRACT RECORD PARTICIPANTS (250,000)
In 2018, Darkness into Light was hosted in over 200 venues across 19 countries and 5 continents. This year, Pieta and Electric Ireland have increased capacity, with additional volunteers and over a quarter of a million people are expected to walk, from darkness into light, on May 11th at 4:15am. Registration for the walk is now open at www.darknessintolight.ie.
ABOUT THE WALL OF HOPE
Located on Dublin’s Camden Row, The Wall of Hope is a larger-than life mural. The work signifies the Hope that Darkness Into Light spreads across the globe every year. Using #DIL2019 and #ThePowerOfHope, Pieta are encouraging people to share their messages of Hope in the lead up to the walk on Saturday 11th May and beyond.
ABOUT DARKNESS INTO LIGHT
Darkness into Light is organised by Pieta and proudly supported by Electric Ireland since 2013. It is a global movement dedicated to ending suicide and supporting those who engage in self-harm. By walking from Darkness Into Light, participants play an important role in removing the stigma around suicide and self-harm as well as raising vital funds to fight suicide.
The unique event is symbolic of the journey from despair to hope. It begins, in darkness, at 4.15am and continues for 5 kilometers 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.
Speaking on this movement of hope, Elaine Austin, CEO, Pieta said:
“Darkness Into Light is vital for fundraising, for raising awareness and for bringing people together from rural communities to major cities across the globe in a spirit of solidarity, comfort and compassion in giving all hope. Social connection is the heart beat of Pieta, it’s about removing the feeling of isolation and to spark conversation about the importance of mental health and wellbeing in all our lives.
Elaine added that “the new online registration process is a lot quicker and more user-friendly than previous years and we would urge everyone who wants to get involved to regsister at www.darknessintolight.ie”.
Commenting on the long-term partnership between Electric Ireland and Pieta (which has seen the Darkness into Light event grow from 20 venues in 2013 to 180 last year) Marguerite Sayers, Executive Director, ESB said: “At Electric Ireland we have always believed in bringing light to dark places. For the past seven years we have proudly supported the Darkness Into Light event and over that time we have worked, with Pieta to grow Darkness into Light into the global event it is today. We believe that when we harness our people and our energy, we have the power to bring hope to those who need it most – Darkness into Light exemplifies this. But there is more to do. Electric Ireland’s people, across all departments, are so proud to be part of this important campaign and we look forward to walking in solidarity with all of the Darkness into Light participants this May.”
To find your nearest venue and for registration, visit www.darknessintolight.ie
If you or a loved one ever need help, call Pieta House on the freephone number 1800 247 247
Make sure to follow The Power of Hope campaign on social media using
#ThePowerOfHope #DIL2019 and @ElectricIreland