DARKNESS INTO LIGHT

6 May 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By COLM SHALVEY

The Darkness into Light 5km walk/runsponsored by Electric Ireland, takes place in Monaghan for the third time in the early hours of this Saturday morning, May 7. The event will once again start at 4.15am from the Monaghan Harps GAA Club grounds, before going through the town and finishing back at the same venue, as dawn is breaking; the symbolic journey from darkness into light. The county GAA senior men’s and women’s teams, Great Irish Bake Off winner Cathy McKenna, well-known singers Ryan Sheridan and Clara Rose and Monaghan Rose Michelle Caulfield have been among the many publicly showing their support for the walk/run, which is again set to create a special atmosphere in the county town this weekend.

Over 2,000 people of all ages took part in Darkness into Light Monaghan last year, raising almost €40,000 for Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm/suicide. The flagship fundraiser and awareness event for Pieta House is now in its eighth year, with more than 100 venues taking part in Ireland and further afield. A combined total in excess of 100,000 took part in 2015. Pieta House say that Darkness into Light has grown beyond all expectations since it began in 2009: becoming a symbol of hope and a celebration of life, as well as helping them to run nine centres with 180 staff, who have looked after more than 22,000 people in suicidal distress and engaging in self-harm over the last nine years. Online registration remains open at dil.pieta.ie and there is one final pre-registration evening/t-shirt pick-up point in the Harps clubhouse tonight (Thursday) from 7pm-9pm. Those taking part are advised to arrive in plenty of time on Saturday morning and are asked to register beforehand if possible. Anyone yet to register is requested to arrive up to an hour and a half before the start time.

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