Joan Freeman, CEO and Founder of Pieta House, launched the Kildare Darkness into Light 5km walk in Naas Racecourse. Darkness into Light is PH’s annual fundraiser and this is the first year that the event will take place in County Kildare.
“If you think of a community as a vessel that is fractured by suicide, but fractures can heal and we can be the source of that healing,” said Joan Freeman, CEO and Founder of Pieta House. “Out of tragedy comes positive action. I see families who have lost someone to suicide reaching out to other families in an attempt to prevent it happening to them and the wider community,” she said.
On Saturday, May 12 thousands of people in 14 locations across the country will gather in darkness and walk, run or jog from the darkness into the light as dawn breaks. This event is symbolic of the work that Pieta House do – they bring people from darkness back into the light.
The aim is to raise funds and to increase awareness about suicide and self-harm intervention. Pieta House place great importance on the need to de-stigmatise suicide.