Darkness Into Light returns

Seven Donegal communities to host the event this year

Darkness Into Light returns

Two Donegal islands will join five Donegal communities this year in taking part in the Darkness Into Light fundraiser to benefit Pieta House.

Darkness Into Light, the sunrise fund-raising walk/run to benefit Pieta House, will return to Letterkenny, Maghery, Donegal town and Falcarragh this year and also will come to Buncrana, Tory Island and Arranmore Island for the first time.

The 5km Darkness Into Light walk/run will be held this year on Saturday, May 7th, starting at 4.15am.

There will be a launch for all Donegal Darkness Into Light 2016 events at 8pm, March 4th, at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny.

Last year, more than 3,800 walkers and runners took part in Darkness Into Light in Donegal. Overall, about 100,000 people were said to have taken part in Darkness Into Light events held at 80 locations in Ireland and around the world in 2015.

Donegal people are also involved in other events this year to raise money for Pieta House. For example, Declan Gallen of Letterkenny is one of a number of people who will embark next month on a 5,600-kilometre round trip from Galway to Norway in Land Rovers to benefit Pieta House. The group has set a goal of raising €20,000 for Pieta House, a national charity that works to prevent self-harm or suicide.

Over the past 10 years, Pieta House has grown to almost 180 therapists and staff. Last year, more than 5,000 came through the doors of Pieta House suffering from suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm.

All Pieta House services are provided free, and 90 per cent of the organisation’s income comes from fund-raising events.

For more information, each of this year’s Darkness Into Light events in Donegal has its own Facebook page.