Record numbers in Kilkenny to walk from ‘Darkness Into Light’ this year
A RECORD number of people from Kilkenny are expected to walk from ‘Darkness Into Light’ this year.
The ground-breaking Irish charity walk, which now takes place in cities across the globe, including Hong Kong and Dubai, returns for its tenth year on Saturday, May 11.
Last year 2,984 people rose at dawn to take part in the Kilkenny walk, raising €75,071.
A second ‘Darkness Into Light’ event will take place in the county this year, with Inistioge (pictured above) hosting its very own charity walk. It will get underway at 4.15am on May 11 from the Inistioge GAA grounds.
A total of 200,000 people walked in events spanning 150 countries across the globe last year.
The charity walk symbolises the journey of counselling, moving from darkness into the light of hope.
Monies raised go towards Pieta House, the charity set up in 2006 to promote easily accessible counselling for people who are feeling suicidal, those who have been bereaved by suicide and those who self-harm.
A 24/7 helpline and text service offered by qualified therapists offers professional easily accessible support.
The aim is to raise money but also create a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma are
replaced by hope, self-love and acceptance.