As a proud partner of Pieta House’s annual Darkness Into Light event, now in its tenth year, Electric Ireland invite the Irish nation to wake up and walk with Pieta House on Saturday, May 12th to raise vital funds for suicide prevention, suicide bereavement and self-harm. Pieta House committee member Kate Durant from Cork organises the charity’s Darkness into Light event in her area. She tells us why she is so passionate about being involved with this annual event.
Kate: “My mother was quite a bitter lady who was never happy. Life disappointed her, really. I never saw her laugh. She never had a relationship with her adult children, never saw the joy of my own children, and pushed away all who would have loved her. I often think, if times were different, she would have had a better life. Perhaps if Pieta House had been around earlier, she wouldn’t have gotten lost in her own bitterness. I’m certain she was unwell for far too long. When we were growing up, she only gave what she had to give, nothing less and certainly nothing more. There just wasn’t much there. However, I’m no victim. I know she did her best, and it’s important for me to turn the whole experience into something positive. This is why I’m involved in organising charity events and putting together food hampers every Christmas. This is why I am a first responder in my community. This is why I’m happy to organise Pieta House’s ‘Darkness Into Light’ every year in my town. When you can’t please the one person you should be able to please by just being you, you spend a lifetime trying to please other people. I could never help my mum be happy, so maybe I can help somebody else…”
Darkness into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland takes place on Saturday May 12th at 4.15am. To find your local venue and register visit www.darknessintolight.ie. Sign up before May 4th to receive your t-shirt in the post on time. By registering for Darkness into Light, you can make a huge difference to your local community.
If you or a loved one ever need help, call Pieta House on the Freephone number 1800 247 247.
Thanks to Peter from Humans of Dublin for taking the time out to talk with Kate.