Darkness into Light was established in Ireland in 2009 to support the Dublin-based charity Pieta House, who offer a free therapeutic service to those in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm. Now a global movement, Darkness into Light events have been held in Australia since 2016 to benefit local charities as well as Pieta House.
In 2018, APP came on board to help organise the events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide to support our charity partner batyr, who will benefit from the walks held in these cities. batyr is a youth mental health charity, which empowers young Australians to speak out about mental health and the stigma that surrounds it and encourages those in need to seek help.
Volunteers from APP played a vital role in ensuring the successful delivery of Darkness into Light 2018, from sourcing sponsors and raffle prizes to managing the catering and social media campaigns. We also assisted in setting up the night before and attended bright and early on the morning of the event to ensure it ran smoothly and to lend a hand wherever needed.
We’re pleased to say that Darkness into Light was a great success, despite the torrential rain in Sydney! Around 3,500 people registered across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide and over $3 million was raised worldwide – a record-breaking amount which will have a massive impact on helping to combat mental health issues.