SIR – Pieta House would like to extend a warm thank you to the committees and everyone involved in Darkness Into Light this year, from those who helped with the planning, promotion and event logistics to those who directed traffic, made tea for participants and handed out t-shirts. Organisers especially want to express their sincere gratitude to each and every person who took part in all of the venues to support Pieta House and walk in solidarity for suicide prevention.
An estimated 120,000 people turned out in nearly 120 venues in Ireland and around the world for the 5km walk, which got under way at 4.15am on Saturday morning, May 7th. Participant numbers in many of the venues far exceeded expectations.
4.15am on May 7th was not only a demonstration of our commitment to tackling suicide but it also shows the willingness and the ability of communities to help bring about change. To all the committees, organisations, local businesses, clubs and, of course, to all the participants, we thank you.
Pieta House founder,