Undeterred by the Covid-19 pandemic, the committee that coordinates the very successful annual Darkness Into Light (DIL) fundraising event in Ballina will proceed with a variation of the hugely popular walk/run on Saturday, May 8 next.
Darkness Into Light is a highly symbolic event that is held all over the country each year to raise funds for the Pieta charity that works to prevent suicide and self harm and support those impacted by either.
Participants undertake a 5km walk, commencing in darkness and concluding at dawn in a beautiful gesture of empathy and solidarity with all those who are struggling with thoughts of suicide or self harm as well as those personally impacted by those issues.
While Covid-19 prevents the public from walking together en masse this year, Ballina residents are being urged to meet the sunrise this May 8 and walk a 5k route either alone or in a safe family/work-related bubble of companions.
“The pandemic prevents us from walking together but we can still share the feeling of greeting the sunrise as one under a Ballina skyline with the common aim of helping those who carry the burden of suicidal thoughts or contemplating self harm,” the committee wrote on its Facebook page this week.”
Participants are urged to post pictures of their sunrise walk/run and tag Darkness Into Light Ballina on the morning, using the hashtags #DILBallina, #suicideawareness, #pietahouse, #mentalwellness.
You can sign up to take part and/or make a donation to Pieta via the website www.darknessintolight.ie