Darkness into Light Walks 2018

On Saturday, 12 May, Diona personnel joined thousands of people across Australia and countless more across the world to share a message of hope and support at this year’s Darkness into Light (DiL) walks.

Diona has supported the events since 2013, and were once again proud to be a part of raising awareness and funds for the work that Pieta House and batyr do for the prevention of suicide and self-harm.

“Raising awareness about mental illness and suicide prevention is very important to the Diona team, and I am proud that we could support Darkness into Light again this year,” said Executive General Manager, Charlie Haire.

Chairman of the DiL Committee for Sydney and Diona Project Manager, Brian McCormack says that despite one in four young people suffering a mental health issue by the end of adolescence, the stigma surrounding mental health prevents it from being discussed openly.

“Darkness into Light is a cause that’s close to my heart because the more we can encourage young people to speak out about their experience with mental ill health and remove this stigma, the better it will be for our community and future generations," said Brian.

In Sydney, over 2,000 people braved inclement weather to join in the walk. From sponsors, donations and registration, a total of $165,000 was raised.

"Since the first DiL walk a few years back, this event has gone from strength to strength and this year it was taken to another level with the help of a great committee. A huge thank you to all those who volunteered to make it happen and to everyone who took part in the walk,” said Brian McCormack.

After attending the event with his family in Sydney, Charlie Haire said, “I am happy that my family and I could share in raising awareness. Well done to Pieta House and Batyr for another successful event.”

At the Brisbane event, 300 people took part in the walk. Diona Queensland State Manager, John Paul O’Connor said that in only six short weeks, Diona, Pipeline Training and APP came together to help make this event happen.

“Everyone pitched in and lent a hand to make it happen. It was a great display of teamwork and comradery for such a worthy cause. We look forward to next year, and making it bigger and better,” he said.

For more photos from the event, visit our Facebook page here.