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Thousands walk as sun rises to raise money for suicide awareness campaign

Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraiser for Pieta House, which supports people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.

Those taking part in Belfast walked through Ormeau Park (Brian Morrison/PA)
Those taking part in Belfast walked through Ormeau Park (Brian Morrison/PA)

Thousands of people across the globe have taken part in a walk to raise money for suicide awareness.

Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraiser for Pieta House, which supports people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.

Thousands of people, including politicians and celebrities, across 202 locations in 19 countries worldwide walked together, starting at about 4am and walking around 5km as the sun rose.

Since Darkness Into Light began, the walk has helped raise almost 20 million euro (£17.28 million).

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A hope sign at the Ormeau Park event (Brian Morrison/PA)

This year is the event’s 10th anniversary.

Twelve of the venues were in Northern Ireland spanning the six counties, up from nine last year, forming a worldwide chain that stretches from Crossmaglen to Christchurch and from Ormeau Park to Ottawa.

Pieta House has twelve centres across Ireland and say they have helped 40,000 people since their doors opened 13 years ago.

The event is sponsored by Electric Ireland.

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