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Darkness Into Light 2024

Darkness Into Light 2024, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, will take place at 4:15am on the morning of Saturday May 11th 2024.  

There are lots of ways to get involved. You can take part in a Darkness Into Light official walk, Take Part in Your Own Way, or you can create your own DIL Fundraiser by holding a bake sale, a car wash, a sponsored silence, a run, or a swim and fundraising with your family, friends and colleagues in your local area.

How will you take part?

Join an Official Walk

With over 200 official walks across Ireland and abroad, you can come together with your community and be part of the most important sunrise of the year.

Registration is now open - Sign Up Here

Create a DIL Fundraiser

Would you, your school, club or business like to do something else?

Do a TikTok dance, host a coffee morning, go sailing or something completely different!

We have some great fundraising tools & tips.

Contact our Team

Get in touch with our experienced fundraising teams for assistance:

General Enquiries 
School Enquiries 
Club Enquiries 
Corporate Enquiries 

The History of Darkness into Light

In 2009, in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, 400 people set off on the inaugural Darkness Into Light 5km walk to raise funds for Pieta. From small beginnings, the movement has continued to grow, and now there are over 150,000 participants in Darkness Into Light each year.  

Each year the walk provides an opportunity for people to connect with their local community and to bring hope to people who have been impacted by suicide. Our team of dedicated volunteers in Ireland and overseas, return year on year to make the event a success and to help us all continue to raise awareness and hope in the global fight against suicide and self-harm. 

In 2012, our first international event took place in London, and since then our international partner charities, from Seoul to Spain and New Zealand to the Netherlands, have benefited from an investment of over €3.5 million in local mental health support services. 

Pieta is 85% funded by fundraising events like Darkness Into Light. Since Darkness Into Light began, our supporters have helped Pieta raise over €36 million. So, DIL directly contributes to enabling Pieta to provide services to people impacted by suicide and self-harm. You can learn more about Pieta services HERE. 

Pieta is so proud to have been supported by Electric Ireland since 2013. Together, Pieta and Electric Ireland and our partner charities and supporters across the world have grown Darkness Into Light into a global act of solidarity for people affected by suicide and self-harm.


The safety of our Darkness Into Light supporters is our highest priority.

Please plan your Darkness Into Light route carefully and ensure that it is safe, well-lit and has no hazards.

If you are near or in open water, please follow water safety guidelines and never swim in bad weather conditions or alone.

All participants in Darkness Into Light 2024 take part at their own risk.

Please note, the registration process is in English. If you need support completing registration please reach out to your closest participating venue via the Facebook Group.

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