Darkness Into Light has become a huge annual event since it started in 2009 when 400 people set-off on the inaugural Darkness into Light 5km walk to raise funds for Pieta in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. From small beginnings, the movement has grown year on year and in 2019 over 200,000 people took part in 200 locations, in 16 countries across 5 continents.
Not only does Darkness Into Light raise vital funds for Pieta House, it also raises awareness for its services and is a wonderful community event.
The Importance of Darkness Into Light
I’ve taken part in Darkness Into Light the last two years and its incredibly moving and uplifting to see so many people come together. It’s truly sad that during a time where we could all do with such a demonstration of love and support within our community that Darkness Into Light was forced to postpone this year’s walk due to Covid-19.
Pieta House still need support though, which is why they are calling on people to join their Darkness Into Light Sunrise Appeal.
Tomorrow morning, thousands of people all over Ireland and around the world are getting together online to show community and solidarity with those impacted by suicide by getting up at 5:30am to watch the sunrise from their homes.
How To Join The Darkness Into Light Sunrise Appeal
Just go to your window, pop outside or go to your favourite local spot at 5.30am and join this extraordinary event by posting and sharing a photo or video of your sunrise online using #DILSunriseAppeal #DIL2020.
Pieta House Need To Raise Vital Funds
Pieta House are also asking for donations to help them fund their vital services. It usually costs €25 to enter Darkness Into Light, but anything that you can give would be greatly appreciated. You can donate here.
Missy.ie will be taking part in the Darkness Into Light Sunrise Appeal tomorrow morning, we hope you can join us too.
If you or someone you know has been affected by suicide you can contact Pieta House here or see our Helpline page for more.