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Hundreds support Strabane 'Darkness into Light' event

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Hundreds support Strabane 'Darkness into Light' event thumbnailPictured are the organisers of the 'Darkness into Light' walk. The pre-dawn walk, created by Pieta House, is held across the world in support of suicide and self-harm awareness.SU1916CM

AROUND 600 people took to the streets of Strabane on Saturday morning in support of the 'Darkness into Light' (DIL) walk/run to raise funds and awareness of suicide and self-harm.
This year's pre-dawn event saw a record number of people taking part across the island of Ireland.
The event created by Pieta House is now in its ninth year. Since it began in Phoenix Park in Dublin in 2009, it has grown into a global initiative with a DIL taking place in places like New Zealand, Vancouver and San Francisco.
Over 150,000 people set off in various areas in the early hours of Saturday morning at 4.15am with thousands of people walking or running a 5km Route while the dawn was breaking. Approximately 600 people were involved in the Strabane event.
Ciaran McLaughlin, chair of the Strabane DIL committee commented: "For anyone who may be suffering, remember you are not alone. Darkness into Light is this phenomenal and very visible sign and gesture that your community is there to support you and to help you out of the darkness you may be feeling into the light that help brings."
He added: "We are delighted that this year the Koram Centre in Strabane will also benefit. Pieta House approved the centre as a partner for Strabane DIL in recognition of their ongoing work in this area."
The organising committee has thanked the following organisations and people for their help with the event; Sigersons GAA Health and Well-Being Committee, Strabane District Caring Services, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Sigersons Neighbourhood Renewal Project, Shamrocks Hurlers, Debbie Deans and Jay McCauley.
They would also like to thank Strabane Community Rescue Service, SAFE, St Johns ambulance and photographers, Darren Reid and Sean McIntyre, as well as the event sponsors.

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