Rise early and support a great cause – Darkness Into Light

Pictured in front of Mitchelstown Leisure Centre are - Justin Finn, Joanna Davern, Lisa Sheehan, Fiona Quirke, Lizzie Dineen and Ben Lynch - the event (a 5km walk) which takes place at 4.15am on Saturday May 11th starts and finishes in Mitchelstown Leisure Centre. (Pic: John Ahern)

‘Darkness Into Light’ is a simple but very effective initiative to raise awareness about depression and suicide.

It does take a bit of effort but anyone who has set the alarm for those very early hours in the a.m. and headed off to meet fellow early risers well tell you it’s a totally worthwhile experience which many find both moving and uplifting. 

‘Darkness Into Light’ 2019 is coming around again and the push is on to get numbers, in this instance online registration – darknessintolight.ie

The event has been very successful and once again Ben Lynch and his crew are rallying the troops for pre-dawn on Saturday, May 11, assembling outside Mitchelstown Leisure Centre at 4.15am.

What follows is a brisk or not so brisk walk around town (5km approx).

With each step, night slowly gives way to day. It will be still very early when you get back to the leisure centre.

The most frequently asked question is do people head back home to the scratcher to ‘catch up’ on some shut eye or press on and greet the day – in 99% people say they feel good after the walk and press on. 

Darkness Into Light continues to receive backing and financial support from electric ireland.

All proceeds from the event go to Pieta House.