MORE volunteers are still needed for the inaugural Darkness into Light walk which will take place in Newcastle West on May 10.
“We are hoping that up to 2,000 people will take part in the walk,” local committee chairwoman Noreen Gallagher said.
“We need approximately 90 volunteers on the day and so far we have over 70 names. But need about 15 more and we are still taking names.”
The committee launched their Darkness into Light walk in Newcastle West where the Unity Gospel Choir proved a resounding success. “They were fabulous. They made it,” Ms Gallagher enthused.
Noreen Gallagher approached Pieta House last year to see if Newcastle West could host a Darkness into LIght event. “I have taken party in it every year since it started and I felt there was a need for it in Newcastle West” she explained. “
There isn’t a house in the county that hasn’t been affected in some way or other by suicide.”
She also felt an event in Newcastle West would help to bring the community together and would raise awareness of the services provided by Pieta House. “People don’t know that there are centres there for people who need someboty to talk to. The walk is over in an hour but it shows people there is someplace to go if they are in a desperate situation and there are people in a desperate situation.”
Newcastle West has now become the 39th centre for the Darkness into Light walk. There is a walk centre in every county in Ireland and more in some, and walks also take place in London and Sydney, Kieran O’Brien of Pieta House explained.
“It is our signature event,” he said. Some 6000 people walked in Limerick last year and having a second centre, and giving people a choice, was needed, he added.
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