the darkness of depression will be battled in a very tangible way in Mountmellick next month, when a dawn run will be held to raise awareness of suicide prevention, and to commemorate lost loved ones.
The “Darkness into Light” Charity Walk/Run is one of fourteen such events held nationwide at dawn on Saturday May 12. They are being organised by Pieta House, the Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm & Suicide and next Tuesday, May 1, the founder and CEO Joan Freeman is coming to Mountmellick to launch it.
Pieta House have several crisis centres around Ireland, and are hoping to open one in the Midlands, with the eventual aim of a centre being no more than 100 hundred miles from everyone in Ireland.
Held in Mountmellick for the first time this year, the 5km walk will set out in darkness from the GAA club in Acragar at 4am and finish back there as dawn is breaking.
People can register online and view the route on the Darkness in Light website http://dil.pieta.ie/, look for Darkness in Light Laois on Facebook, or call Pieta House at 01 601 0000.
The registration fee which goes towards Pieta House’s work, is €25 for adults and €15 for students and OAPs. Children under 12 go free, and dogs are welcome, as long as they are on a leash and have their waste cleaned up.