Irish Angels walk from Darkness Into Light

A volunteer group from Henry Schein Ireland joined tens of thousands of other participants in Ireland and across the world to take part in the Darkness Into Light fundraiser recently.

The event, which has been held since 2009 in aid of Pieta House, saw more than 80,000 people walk or run a 5km course at dawn in 80 different locations around Ireland and further afield.

The Irish branch of Henry’s Angels, part of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme, have dubbed themselves the Irish Angels. The team taking on the Darkness Into Light challenge consisted of managing director Pat Bolger and his son Aidan who joined walkers and runners at the event in Nass, Co Kildare; Jim Way and Tommy Creighton who took part in Navan, Co Meath; and colleagues John Rice and Maureen Hamilton, along with Maureen’s daughter and niece who served as car park attendants and stewards at Phoenix Park in Dublin, where more than 12,000 people took part.

“It was truly awe-inspiring to see thousands of people walking like a sea of yellow along the pathways of the park as dawn approached,” said John Rice. “As representatives of Henry Schein, the Irish Angels are proud to have done our part to support the cause of such a worthy organisation. We look forward to participating in this event again next year.”

Pieta House is a non-profit organisation providing a specialised treatment program, including counselling services, for people who have suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming behaviours. The walk, which is Pieta House’s flagship fundraising event, began at 4:15 a.m. local time and was held in 80 different locations throughout Ireland, England, Scotland, Australia, Canada and the USA, with more than 80,000 people participating worldwide.