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Irish stars join 200,000 people who took part in Darkness Into Light this morning

The annual event raises funds for Pieta House

Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

Close to 200,000 people across Ireland took part in the annual Darkness Into Light walk this morning.

Darkness Into Light has become global movement against suicide taking place in 202 venues across 19 countries in 5 continents.

People all around the country headed to their local event, which started at 4.15am this morning.

Pictured were Stephen McDonagh and Sharon Lawlor from Clondalkin at the Phoenix Park Darkness Into Light 2019 event. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

Of course Irish stars were spotted supporting the cause too, with RTE star Jennifer Zamparelli sharing her experience on Instagram.

“5k before 5am all in aid of @pieta.house. What an amazing event and great to see thousands of people there.

“If you are gonna do one thing today on this sunny Saturday please donate to @pieta.house and help them continue to do the fantastic work they do offering support and counseling to those who desperately need it.”

TV3 weather man Deric Hartigan also joined the walk at the Limerick event, sharing photos on Twitter.

And 2FM’s Stephen Byrne broadcast live from the walk this morning, admitting that it is always his “favourite show” to do.

All funds raised through Darkness Into Light will support Pieta to deliver its counselling, therapy and bereavement services across its 15 centres in Ireland, operate its 24-hour suicide helpline (1800 247 247) and contributes to the Resilience Academy programme which supports youth mental health in schools.

Speaking on this morning’s events, Elaine Austin, CEO, Pieta said: “Darkness Into Light unites us as people, from rural communities to major cities, across the globe, in a spirit of comfort and compassion to give and build hope.

Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

“It connects us all, creating the energy for change, in which suicidal thoughts, self-harm and stigma can be replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. It is vital for the delivery of our services and for raising awareness.”

If you didn’t get a chance to support Darkness Into Light you can still donate; visit www.darknessintolight.ie and click donate.