€50,000 boost for Limerick-based charity

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

SUICIDE prevention charity Pieta House have said they want to make their Darkness into Light charity walk even bigger in Limerick next year

SUICIDE prevention charity Pieta House have said they want to make their Darkness into Light charity walk even bigger in Limerick next year

This comes after the charity received a €50,000 boost from the 2,000 people in Limerick who took part in the dawn walk during May.

At a special presentation, Joan Freeman, the founder and CEO of Pieta House and Cathy Kelly were in Limerick to pick up the cheque from the local organising committee.

Now an annual fixture in Limerick’s charity calendar, the Darkness into Light walk sees participants gather at 4am in Arthur’s Quay and take part in a five kilometre walk across Limerick City.

The number taking part grew four-fold this year, giving the charity’s centre in Mungret a much needed boost.

The event aims to raise awareness about the issue of suicide and also to raise vital funds for the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, Pieta House.

It was led by Limerick Rose, Suzanne O’Brien.

The chairperson of the Limerick Darkness into Light committee Avril Flavin said: “We’re thrilled with the turnout we had for Darkness into Light, “We had such a great reaction from individuals, community groups, local representatives and the business community. We’d like to thank everyone for their support and we hope to build on this for next year,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ms Freeman added: “I’m so grateful to the people of Limerick for their huge support in bringing the Darkness into Light walk back to the city this year. I’d particularly like to thank our hardworking committee without whom this fantastic event never would have happened. Their dedication and commitment was invaluable and we’re very grateful for the money they raised for Pieta House.”

The Darkness into Light walk took place in 15 different locations across Ireland.