Friday, May 07, 2021

IN advance of Pieta House’s One Sunrise Together event, Waterford Darkness Into Light Committee planted a tree of hope in the People’s Park to give people who have lost loved ones to suicide and those struggling a special place to visit.

Jo Cregan, Waterford Darkness Into Light Committee said the Tree of Hope was kindly sponsored by Waterford City and County Council, with thanks to Eoin Dullea, WCCC who was also in attendance. “This will be a special place for people to come to our beautiful People’s Park that have lost loved ones to suicide. This tree is a symbol of hope and solidarity with those struggling with suicidal thoughts, a place to pause and remember them. Help is just a phone call away.”

Jo encouraged everyone to participate in One Sunrise Together, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday) morning.

“We can’t gather together as we usually do for Darkness Into Light but we can all walk with our own family or friends, pick your own route and walk into the sunrise simultaneously. We will set off at 4.15am no matter what the weather.

“We can all help raise vital funds to shine a light on those impacted by suicide and keep the lifesaving services running across Waterford, Ireland and the rest of the world. Help us keep HOPE alive and reminding others there is always brighter days ahead. You are never alone.

“This past year has been so tough for so many especially those experiencing mental ill health, isolation, unemployment and uncertainty, perhaps for the first time. During the darkest times, we are brighter together.”

Join Pieta and Electric Ireland this Saturday, May 8for a special Darkness Into Light sunrise.

Please register at or drop some loose change into the collection buckets at Waterford Credit Unions.

Pictured planting the Tree of Hope in the People’s Park on Tuesday last were Waterford Darkness Into Light Committee members, Kevin O’Sullivan, Jo Cregan, Olive Ruane, Des Purcell,
Antoinette Burke, Mick McGrath, Sinead Flynn-Fogarty and her son, Sonny. Picture Noel Browne.


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