Carrick gears up to host Darkness Into Light on May 9th

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With less than two weeks to go until Darkness Into Light 2015, Carrick-on-Shannon is getting ready to host Darkness Into Light for the second time on the morning of May 9th 2015.

With less than two weeks to go until Darkness Into Light 2015, Carrick-on-Shannon is getting ready to host Darkness Into Light for the second time on the morning of May 9th 2015.

This year’s event is gearing up to be an exciting event, with two drones organised to follow and record the event. Cherry pickers with photographers will also be on hand to capture the participants as they complete the walk/run.

The committee has also arranged a DJ to play at the start of the event to help people warm up and a live band will play at the finish line.

Supported by Electric Ireland, Darkness into Light is a unique, early morning fundraising event which begins in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking.

Carrick-on-Shannon’s event will start and finish at the Sports Complex.

Chairperson of the Carrick on Shannon Darkness Into Light committee, James Campbell said: “We are hoping that the amount of people who join this year will exceed 800, as we had surpassed all our dreams with over 500 in our inaugural event in 2014”.

Darkness Into Light is now in its seventh year and last year’s event attracted 80,000 participants in 39 locations across Ireland, including in London and Sydney.

With the number of locations doubling this year, organisers are expecting over 100,000 people to take part.

80 venues will host the event on the island of Ireland and abroad including in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland and the USA.

While Darkness Into Light raises much needed funds, it is also about awareness, solidarity and local communities.

This year, Pieta House is asking those taking part to connect with others at the event. Walkers/runners are encouraged to speak to the person beside them, tell a story or simply say hello, connect and acknowledge one another. Make your presence known.

Register online at dil.pieta.ie

· There will be ongoing registration from April 28th to May 8th at The Magnet, Main Street, Carrick-on-Shannon. 9.30 am – 6pm.

· Wed & Thurs 6th & 7th May, Glancy’s Supervalu from 5.30 – 7.30pm.

About Pieta House

Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre founded in Lucan, Co. Dublin in 2006. With ten centres throughout Ireland, Pieta House provides a professional, one-to-one therapeutic service for those who are experiencing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm.