Around 70 people gathered on the Paseo Marítimo in Estepona on Saturday morning to take part in a 5km walk/run in aid of Pieta House, a support service based in Ireland for those experiencing suicidal thoughts or engaging in self-harm.
Campaigner Michael O’Halloran, who lost his son and two nephews to suicide, organised the Darkness into Light walk and was delighted with the turnout. Participants ranged in age from seven to 75 and most came from Ireland, Great Britain, America and Spain. Almost 3,000€ was raised.
The aim of the fundraiser, which has been organised by Pieta House for the past nine years, is to help create global awareness of suicide and self-harm prevention. The total number of walkers hit a record high this year with 150,000 taking part worldwide.
Michael said the increase in the number of participants around the world indicates the general “change of attitude towards suicide and self-harm”.
“What an experience to share our losses with so many people who understand,” he said, “leaving us with a great feeling of elation and connection. A big thank you to all who attended and donated and looking forward to meeting again next year.”