2am Saturday morning saw me getting out of bed and getting kitted out for Darkness into Light 2015. A 5km walk/run in aid of Pieta House and supported by Electric Ireland. This is my second year to take part. I hadn't registered this year as I wasn't well and was going to sit it out, but I couldn't get it out of my head. I knew I had to do it again.
It was nearing time to go when Lillibug heard me getting my stuff and she came out with "doggy" (her favourite teddy) and asks "where are you off to?". She didn't believe me when I said I was going to bed, so I decided to take a chance and bring Lillibug so we could do it together because she is my light and brings me from the dark. I've battled with depression and last year was the toughest for me so doing the walk, meant even more this year.
We made our way to Enniscorthy to an amazing but tranquil atmosphere. It was amazing to see so many young kids and teenagers taking part and everyone talking to one another and sharing stories. Lillbug made a great ice breaker and she was determined to get going. At 4.15am we all took off. Lillibug decided to walk the first km and she did it so well that she wanted to keep going, but I put her in the buggy. Lillibug finished the last bit to cross the finish line when dawn approached, and she made me so proud. She is my hope and strength. Everyone takes part for their own reasons but it was great that everyone supported one another on the walk and nobody walked alone. We all chatted and helped one another along. Without a doubt, I will be taking part again next year with Lillibug, and I urge you all to as well. It's for a good cause and the service is badly needed.
Seven years on Darkness into Light is still going strong, a symbol of hope and a celebration of life. It's about raising awareness and giving our support to Pieta House and the people that need the services they provide.
Pieta House is a centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide.
"From humble beginnings, Pieta House has grown to almost 180 therapists and administration staff, and the demand for our service hasn’t let up. To that end, in 2014 alone, over 5,000 people came through our doors suffering from suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm."
Well done to everyone who raised money, and left their warm beds Saturday morning to take part.