Fundraising events continue in aid of Pieta House

Darkness into Light is run by Pieta House and consists of a 5km walk as the sun rises to raise awareness of suicide and raise money to help prevent these rates.

Pieta House is a service that provides free therapy to those who are engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or have been bereaved by suicide.

Donations and fundraising account for 80% of the income they receive to help those in need and a large proportion of that comes from their Darkness into Light event.

Every year, Darkness into Light is held in aid of Pieta House. It is a fundraiser which allows people to connect within their community, and show support for those whose lives have been impacted by suicide.

Since its establishment in 2009, the event has raised almost €25 million for Pieta House and has spread worldwide. DCU even held its first Darkness into Light walk in 2018 organised by the Student Union.

As Darkness into Light was unable to take place this year due to Covid-19, Pieta House are lacking adequate funds to continue their work. According to their website, “without the funds raised by this event, all of Pieta’s services are now facing an immediate and devastating financial crisis.”

Last Friday, May 8, The Late Late Show raised €2 million to help support Pieta House, during a broadcast appeal. The Plaza at RTÉ was lit up with lights, each representing a person who lost their life to suicide in 2019. Supporters of the charity also did their own Darkness into Light walk on Saturday, May 9 while respecting social distancing measures.

Other businesses and social groups are also stepping up to fundraise for the charity.  On Saturday, May 16, the Dublin Minor Hurling Team are holding a fundraiser called “Hurl For Hope” in aid of Pieta House. The event will involve members of the Dublin Minors, under 20’s, and the senior panels.

For the event, each participating player will attempt to strike a sliotar 2,000 times within one hour, while maintaining social distancing guidelines.

The Dublin Minor’s have been working hard to organise this event, and aim to raise €5,000 in aid of Pieta House. The team hopes that this contribution will allow Pieta House to continue the work they carry out, especially through the challenges presented by Covid-19.

The Dublin Minor Hurling Team would like to thank all those that will take part in the event on Saturday and any donations can be made online.

Emma Costigan

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