Slideshow: Carrick-on-Suir music session raises much needed funds for Pieta House

Darkness Into Light takes place on May 12th at 04.15am.


Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band hosted a fundraiser in aid of Pieta House recently ahead of the town’s third Darkness Into Light walk on May 12th at 04.15am.

A large gathering enjoyed music by Black Rose and DJ Paul Casey at the event in The Carraig Hotel which raised €2191.20.

"We would like to thank The Carraig Hotel for hosting us and the committee of the Republican Flute Band for all their help and for choosing Pieta House as the beneficiaries of the fundraiser. Thank you also to the members of the band who gave a rousing performance on the night. It was a very enjoyable night and great fun was had,” Darkness Into light Carrick-on-Suir treasurer Mary Power told The Nationalist.

Carrick-on-Suir Darkness Into Light raised approximately €49,000 in its first two years and it is estimated that 1,000 people will take to the 5km route around the town again on May 12th. Participants will start at CBS Greenschool, continuing onto Árd Mhuire, Park View, Ash Park, Castle Park, Castle Street, Dillion Bridge, Waterford Road, Woodland Heights, St. Mollerans, Hillview, Mass Road, Friary Heights, Lower Friary Heights, Old Bridge, Castle Lane, Main Street, Bridge Street, North Quay, N24, O’Mahony Avenue and returning back to Árd Mhuire.

Carrick-on-Suir’s Darkness Into Light committee joined forces with the Dungarvan and Waterford city teams to launch their walks at the Tower Hotel in Waterford last month.

At the launch, fundraising executive for Pieta House South East, Olive Ruane, said the walking and talking that happens at Darkness Into Light is invaluable. She praised the Carrick-on-Suir, Dungarvan and Waterford city committees, highlighting that the work of Pieta House could not go ahead without them. “The three committees here are closest to my heart. I am blown away by the volunteerism I see around me,” Olive commended.

Director of funding and advocacy for Pieta House, Kieran Brady, emphasised the importance of fighting suicide and self-harm. He said Pieta House has helped 30,000 ‘friends’ since its foundation, acknowledging the role of volunteers in bringing hope and support to those in need. “We are in a war on two fronts - a war against suicide and a war against self-harm. We are in a fight against stigma, we are in a fight against ignorance and we are in a fight when psychologically vulnerable minds are attacked and suggestions come into those minds that ‘you’re worth nothing and you’ll never get out of this problem. There is no hope. There is nowhere to go’.

"There is hope and it's people like yourselves who have helped Pieta deliver hope to 30,000 clients since we were founded [in 2006]. Pieta is actually all of you with us. We are not separate groups doing things to support Pieta House. You are Pieta House and what you do is critical to the therapy that saves lives,” Kieran reiterated.

Now in its 10th year, the flagship fundraiser has blossomed from humble beginnings into a global movement against suicide and self-harm. Darkness Into Light kick-started when Joan Freeman led approximately 400 people through the Phoenix Park in Dublin in 2009, and it now takes place in around 180 locations worldwide, including in Cashel, Tipperary Town, Thurles, Nenagh and Roscrea.

This is the first year that all walkers must register online.

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