ROSCREA is to tackle the scourge of suicide by staging a symbolic dawn run to lift people’s spirits. On Saturday, May 12th, thousands of people across the country will gather at 4am and walk, run or jog from the darkness into the dawn light.
Readers are urged to take part in the upcoming event, which will be matched by similar events in other towns up and down the country. Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre. It is the only organisation in the country providing a professional, face to face, free of charge therapeutic service for people in the acute stages of suicidal distress. The primary aim of Pieta House is to reduce suicide by helping people get through that critical phase when suicide becomes a plan rather than just an idea.
Pieta House’s annual fundraising event is called “Darkness into Light”. The aim of this event is twofold – to raise funds and increase awareness about suicide and self harm intervention. In May every year thousands of people gather in darkness at 4am and walk, run or jog from the darkness and just as they cross over the finish line, the dawn is breaking.
It is a very symbolic walk because Pieta House also brings people from the dark into the light. The first event was run in the Phoenix Park in Dublin in 2009 and the next year Darkness into Light was brought to Limerick for the first time. In 2011 Darkness into Light went nationwide taking place in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Galway, Ennis, Clare and Killarney, with over 5,000 people taking part and raising over €120,000 for Pieta House.
This year Darkness into Light is bigger than ever with events in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Galway, Killarney, Kerry, Ennis, Clare, Dungarvan, Waterford, Cavan, Mountmellick, Laois, Roscommon, Westport, Mayo, Kildare, Roscrea, and Wicklow.
The majority of Pieta House’s income comes from fundraising events, bequests and contributions. Apart from the human toll, the financial cost of suicide to Ireland is estimated at between €850 and €900m annually. Pieta House fills an extremely important gap in our collective battle against suicide. There are some groups doing very good work in the prevention and postvention areas, but Pieta House is unique in the intervention area and are determined that their service becomes available nationwide.
Since Pieta House opened their doors in 2006 they have helped 6,000 people and have five centres between Dublin and Limerick.