Darkness Into Light launch held in city

Michelle Clancy reports

Irial Mac Murchú and Enda O Doherty at the Mayor's Parlour.

Irial Mac Murchú and Enda O Doherty at the Mayor's Parlour.

Following massive success in 2015, both Waterford city and Dungarvan will once again host Darkness into Light early-morning walks in aid of suicide and self-harm crisis centre Pieta House this year. The fundraising events, supported by Electric Ireland, will take place on Saturday, May 7th.
Over 100,000 participants in more than 80 locations across Ireland took part in last’s Darkness Into Light, which commenced in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walked or ran a 5km route as dawn was breaking.
At the Waterford launch in City Hall last Thursday, Pieta House founder Joan Freeman said the 2015 local event was an “incredible success”.
Jim Griffin (Dunmore East Coastguard Unit), Joan Freeman (founder, Pieta House) and Niamh Connolly (Chairperson, Pieta House, Dungarvan)

Jim Griffin (Dunmore East Coastguard Unit), Joan Freeman (founder, Pieta House) and Niamh Connolly (Chairperson, Pieta House, Dungarvan)

“We’re so grateful for your continued support,” she told the large crowd of members of local organisations and volunteers who attended the launch.
“Your courage, vision and generosity has helped Pieta House to bring hope to over 5,000 people alone last year. Together we’re leading the way with Darkness Into Light now reaching communities from Dungarvan to Abu Dhabi and many more across the world.”
Pieta House, which provides a free, professional one-to-one therapeutic service for those who are experiencing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. More than 20,000 people have come through the nine centres across Ireland during the last decade and plans are advanced to construct a local centre at the Waterside in the city. Meanwhile, Carrick-on-Suir will hold its inaugural Darkness Into Light Walk this year.
Online registration and further details are available on www.darknessintolight.ie
Pictured attending the Waterford launch were (seated from left:) Des Purcell; Darryl Barry; Joan Freeman, Founder of Pieta House; Regina Mangan; (middle row from left:) Danny Mills (Electric Ireland), Georgina O’Donnell; Antoinette Burke; Shirley Browne; Sinead Flynn; Jim Griffin. (Standing from left:) Brian Higgins (CEO of Pieta House), Mayor of Waterford, Mayor John Cummins; Mick Lacey and Olive Ruane. 				| Photos: Gerry O’Carroll

Pictured attending the Waterford launch were (seated from left:) Des Purcell; Darryl Barry; Joan Freeman, Founder of Pieta House; Regina Mangan; (middle row from left:) Danny Mills (Electric Ireland), Georgina O’Donnell; Antoinette Burke; Shirley Browne; Sinead Flynn; Jim Griffin. (Standing from left:) Brian Higgins (CEO of Pieta House), Mayor of Waterford, Mayor John Cummins; Mick Lacey and Olive Ruane. | Photos: Gerry O’Carroll

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