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Pieta House event shows light at end of darkness

The Pieta House Darkness into Light 5km walk/run will take place this month to raise money for those who are suicidal or self-harming. It starts at 4am, bringing participants from the dark into the light.

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AN EVENT THAT will bring participants from darkness into light will take place in 14 different locations around the country this month.

The Pieta House Darkness into Light event will kick off at 4am on 12 May and its aim is to raise funds for the service, which provides help and support to people who are suicidal or self-harming.

Pieta House opened its doors in January 2006 and has seen thousands of people pass through its outreach centres and centres of excellence. It was set up by Joan Freeman, a practising psychologist, who wanted to help those who were suicidal. The first centre was set up in Lucan, Co Dublin.

There are more than 40 therapists and admin staff working for Pieta House, and in January 2011 new centres were opened in Ballyfermot and Limerick.

Around 80 per cent of its funding comes from fundraising events such as the Darkness into Light walk.

The 5km walk/run can be walked, skipped, jogged or run, and there will be a special running lane as well as space to bring children in buggies or dogs on leads.

People who want to take part can register online and pay the fee of €25.  All funds raised will go towards Pieta House.

People will walk or run for Pieta House in counties such as Dublin, Kildare, Mayo, Killarney, Limerick and Roscommon. The full list is available on the Darkness into Light website.

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