Each May, thousands of people at locations across Ireland and in the last couple of years across the world, gather to walk or run a 5km route together as dawn breaks. This event is organised by Pieta House and is their largest fundraising and awareness event known as Darkness into Light.
Darkness into Light represents hope and solidarity, it is symbolic of the work of Pieta House – bringing people from darkness into the light.To date over 80,000 people have taken part in DIL and this year Pieta House in partnership with Young Ones, are taking this special event to Canada with walks in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Which gives us expats the opportunity to get involved. This event is more than a fundraising activity, and in the light of it spreading across the globe they are inviting us to join as a community to come together and walk from Darkness into Light.
The Toronto Walk will take place on Saturday May 7th at 5.00 a.m. You can view The route here.
Who are Pieta House? Pieta House, is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre, recognised in Ireland to be one of the most important charities in the country. The Pieta House centres – of which there are 9 in Ireland, provide crisis intervention and counselling, free of charge to those who need it most. Pieta house has helped 14,000 people since its inception in 2006 and the demand is still growing.
Pieta House now has a staff of 170 and continues to grow. In 2014 Pieta House took steps to develop the charity into an international organisation. The charity’s vision is growing and helping more and more people each year, a huge task, which is almost entirely achieved through fundraising and generous donations.
Who are Young Ones?
Young Ones is a Canadian based charitable organization that works to break down the economic and social barriers faced by youth experiencing mental health challenges. Their mission is to assist youth in realizing better mental health through the provision of support, treatment and education from a harm reduction perspective. In partnership with our team of mental health professionals, we provide timely access to treatment and support for youth ages 13 to 24, who are in financial need and struggling with mental health challenges, addictions or concurrent disorders. We are dedicated to raising awareness around mental health challenges and offer anti-stigma education programs facilitated by consumer-survivors.
If your still not inspired to get involved, watch this video
So Get involved, CraicTo will be there and would love a few more walking buddies 🙂
Thanks for the info Diane. S xx