2016 DARKNESS INTO LIGHT MOST SUCCESSFUL TO DATE

13 May 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

Approximately 2,500 people from across the county took part in the Monaghan Darkness Into Light event last weekend.

This was the third year that Monaghan participated in the national fundraiser for Pieta House and support for it has grown significantly as local organisers confirmed to The Northern Standard that the participation level in last Saturday morning’s event was the highest to date. The 5K walk and run was facilitated by Monaghan Harps GAA Club and approximately 30 people were involved in its organisation.

One of these organisers, Sean McKenna, described the support for Darkness Into Light as very positive.

“It’s a very positive thing in terms of numbers and it creates an awareness of the work Pieta House does. It was an emotional morning for people but a lot of families affected by suicide get a lot of support from something like this. Suicide is not a taboo subject anymore, people are talking about it which gives support to families affected.”

As part of Darkness Into Light, people were invited to write a message on a Banner of Hope and tea lights spelling out the word ‘Hope’ were also displayed. There was also an opportunity to write the name of a loved one who had died by suicide on a label and hang it on a memory tree. This tree will be planted in the coming weeks in the Harps grounds alongside two others from previous Darkness Into Light events and all the names on it will be put into a box that will be buried under the tree.

Twelve-year-old Rockcorry native Nathan Clerkin was given the privilege of starting the walk and light refreshments, sponsored by local companies, were served to participants following it.

On behalf of the organising committee, Mr McKenna was warm in his praise of the large amount of support and assistance for Darkness Into Light that was received from Monaghan gardai, Monaghan Co Council and Monaghan Civil Defence. He also acknowledged the local companies that sponsored the refreshments for participants. The 2015 Monaghan Darkness Into Light raised €39,500 for Pieta House and Mr McKenna was confident that this year’s event would exceed this amount.

 

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