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Dawn walkers raise hope and funds for suicide prevention organisation

Walkers in Estepona early last Saturday morning.
Walkers in Estepona early last Saturday morning. / SUR
  • At the same time an estimated 400,000 people took part in similar walks all over the world

More than 300 people got up before the crack of dawn last Saturday to join the Darkness into Light walk in Estepona in the name of suicide prevention.

Starting their walk in darkness, the participants followed a five-kilometre route along the seafront, finishing in daylight, symbolising the hope and support that Irish charity Pieta House gives to people with suicidal thoughts.

At the same time an estimated 400,000 people took part in similar walks all over the world. Darkness into Light began in Dublin with just 400 walkers ten years ago.

"Darkness Into Light is a true demonstration of the power of hope as people come together to offer support and solidarity to those who have been impacted by suicide; and today's event was as moving and powerful as ever," said Michael O'Halloran, organiser of Darkness Into Light, Costa del Sol.