Picture: Darkness into Light Laois Mountmellick
Mountmellick Darkness Into Light organisers are calling on people, schools and a gospel choir to support this year's 5k walk/run while the dawn is breaking on May 11.
Funds raised from Darkness Into Light help keep Pieta House’s counselling services free to those in suicidal crisis, people who engage in self-harm, and those bereaved by suicide.
Last year, almost 3,000 walkers in Mountmellick and Rathdowney raised a massive €41,000 between them and the Mountmellick event has raised €156,000 in the last seven years. In the first six years of the event, Pieta House supported 257 clients from Laois and provided them with the services they needed, all free of charge.
The 5k walk/run will kick off at 4:15 am on the morning of Saturday, May 11 this year.
Susan Nelson is one of the organisers.
“We need new committee members, it has been running for eight years now and people on the committee have moved on or their work and lifestyle has changed which is fair enough.
“We need new people to come on board to meet once a month, help out with the pre-registration days in Supervalu and help put up signs around the town.
“In terms of volunteers, the more the merrier. We need volunteers to help get ready before the walk and clean up after, they can still take part in the walk while helping out before or after it. There is a job for everybody to do we won’t turn anyone away,” she said.
Laois schools can get in touch about doing art projects to display at the event and they are also looking for a gospel choir to get involved to add some cheer to the early morning walk.
Contact Susan on the Mountmellick Darkness into Light Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.