Tymon, Marlay and the Phoenix Park to host Darkness Into Light Pieta fundraiser

Tymon Park, Marlay Park and the Phoenix Park will host the Darkness Into Light on Saturday morning.

Event organisers, Pieta, are calling on as many people as possible to join them to raise much needed funding and awareness for the prevention of suicide and self-harm and the promotion of positive mental health.

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DARKNESS INTO LIGHT: Ambassadors Chef Derry Clarke, St Mary’s Rugby player Jack McGrath and Footballer Shane Carthy at the launch of Darkness Into Light.

Over 200,000 people are expected to come together in the pre-dawn hours in 19 countries across five continents to take part in the global movement that seeks to remove the stigma around suicide and self-harm and spread the power of hope in Ireland and around the globe.

Last year, Darkness into Light walkers raised €6 million from the event, of which €800,000 was raised across our international venues. Worldwide close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year - one person every 40 seconds. In Ireland 392 people took their own lives in 2017.

This year the walk will take place in Tymon Park, Marlay Park and the Phoenix Park and big crowds are expected.

The walk in Tymon Park starts at St Jude’s GAA Club and heads up towards Limekiln and then up to the Greenhills Road before heading over the footbridge at the Cuckoo’s Nest and back towards the basketball arena.

The funds raised from Darkness into Light help to keep Pieta centers open, offering free therapy, the 24 /7 Helpline line, education and bereavement counselling for people in need of support. 

Pieta operates a free 24-hour suicide helpline on 1800 247 247 and has offices in Ballyfermot, Tallaght and Lucan.

Darkness Into Light is vital for fundraising, for raising awareness and for bringing people together in a spirit of solidarity and comfort in giving hope to all.

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