The ‘Darkness into Light’ 5km walk takes place across more than 150 locations worldwide as the sun rises on a Saturday morning in May. The walk has the noble goal of raising awareness of suicide in societies. The Hong Kong event steps out at Sun Yat Sen Plaza at 4.15am Saturday, May 12. All are welcome to take part. Registration closes 4th May.
Hong Kong has a suicide rate of 12.6 deaths per 100,000. This translates into about 850 deaths per year. Imagine if that were a plane crash – which it is, really.
In Hong Kong, we hear about the tragedy of youth suicide, but it is also heartbreaking to learn that a quarter of cases are people aged over 65. In a wealthy city like Hong Kong, it is tragic that so many people in our community feel that there is no hope.
Darkness into Light is a key event for Pieta House, an Irish organisation with a vision for a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.
The concept of the walk has been exported to countries around the world by Irish expatriates. In Hong Kong, the event is coordinated by Niall Kelly, with support from the Irish Consulate. They have also teamed up with local charity The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong, who assist those facing loneliness and depression by helping them regain confidence in life.
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