Darkness Into Light Charity Walk/Run, Glasgow May 2015
Last weekend I was fortunate enough to cover a very special charity event In aid of a very worthy cause. Glasgow hosted It’s fist Darkness into light charity walk/run in aid of Pieta House. Pieta House is the centre for the prevention of suicide and self harm. The event gets It’s name from the fact that It starts In darkness at 4am and by the time the participants finish the 5km course It is light. It symbolises that their Is hope for people who are suffering from depression and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
This was the first event In Glasgow but the event has been running for seven years. It started In Dublin’s Phoenix Park and now takes place In 40 locations all over the world including Australia, Canada, USA and the UK.
I had been looking forward to covering the event from when I first heard about It. I must admit though, when my alarm went off at 3am, I was feeling less than enthusiastic about getting up out of my nice warm bed. On route I got myself some coffee which helped clear my bleary head. On arriving at the start line I was impressed by the excellent turn out and the upbeat atmosphere with everyone being very friendly and up for a great time. The reason everyone was there wasn’t far from peoples minds though and people were pinning pictures of lost loved ones to the remembrance wall, as well as writing messages to them.
Everyone set off at 4am, the route took them on a circuit along the river Clyde Broomielaw, crossing over the Tradeston Footbridge, along Govan Rd and crossing back over the Clyde at the Millennium Footbridge.
There was a great atmosphere all the way and all I got was smiles and waves as I took pictures of people. The walk started In darkness but everyone made up for It wearing lots of day glo colours, neon vests and waving flashing lights as they walked.
As the majority of people arrived at the finishing line everyone was full of smiles and happy that they had completed the challenge. I’m sure the smell of bacon butties wafting through the air helped a lot of them finish In extra quick time.
The event was a complete success and I’m sure It will go on to get bigger and better next year and become a staple of Glasgow’s charity calender.
Anne Rowan, one of the organiser’s of the Glasgow event, who lost her son Christopher said “ We felt the walk went really well, It was a very emotional experience for everyone who was involved, but we feel It was a very positive and worthwhile task. I would also like to say a big thank you to footballer Davie Cox, who has also been very supportive and battled his own problems with depression. ”