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Sunrise Appeal: Pieta House plans virtual event as Darkness Into Light is postponed

by Shayna Sappington
23rd Apr 2020

Due to the postponement of Darkness Into Light, Pieta asks people to participate in Sunrise Appeal to show community and solidarity with those impacted by suicide

Because of Covid-19 restrictions, Pieta House’s annual Darkness into Light project has been postponed until October 3.

Pieta provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide and has reached nearly 60,000 people since the program’s start in 2006.

The yearly Darkness Into Light run is a vital way to raise awareness and funds for those impacted by suicide and self harm.

So, the organisation has encouraged its community to take place in a virtual gathering called Sunrise Appeal.

When and where

To participate, set your alarms for 5:30am on May 9, and be sure to take a photo of your sunrise moment, adding the hashtags #DILSunriseAppeal and #DIL2020.

And don’t forget to wear a Darkness Into Light t-shirt, or anything yellow, if you can to show solidarity with the rest of the community.


Donations to the cause can be made here, and each euro funds Pieta’s life-saving prevention, intervention and bereavement services.

In the 2018 Darkness Into Light run, over 200,000 people took part in 150 locations, in 16 countries across 5 continents.

This year many people are isolated and vulnerable at home, so it’s important to show everyone that they are not alone.

Free support is available for anyone who needs it at pieta.ie, just call one of their therapists for free at 1-800-247-247 or text “HELP” to 51444.

Featured Image: Pieta House/Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland


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