THE organisers of this year’s Darkness Into Light event in Strabane are urging locals to register online as soon as possible.
Set to take place on May 12 at 4.15am, Darkness Into Light will see hundreds of people take part in a 5k walk around Strabane to raise funds and awareness for Pieta House whilst also supporting those affected by suicide and self harm.
This will be the third year of the increasingly popular and emotive event in Strabane. Last year there were approximately 600 people involved and the event promises to be bigger and better this year. In 2017 it is believed some 150 similar events took place around the world.
The organisers also emphasised that participants are welcome, not only from Strabane but from the surrounding areas as well.
“People often ask what it is like and they assume that it’s a really sad event,” remarked one of the local organisers, Debbie Deans.
“This couldn’t be further from the truth – the mood is one of hope and solidarity as friends, family and strangers are walking shoulder to shoulder – in the dark – for the same cause and each have their unique story and reason for being there.
“There is an energy and poignancy about it that just can’t be explained.”
In 2017 Strabane Darkness Into Light raised £8,497 – with €4,000 going directly to the charity partner The Koram Centre in Strabane, a vital service in the town.