Suicide and Depression have touched mine and most people I know lives. Please join me as we walk from Darkness Into Light while raising funds for this much needed charity. Darkness into Light 2021, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, will take place at sunrise on the morning of 8th May. This year, as we cannot gather together at our usual Darkness Into Light venues, we are bringing DIL to you, and asking all our supporters to don their yellow t-shirts and take part in the event at a time and in a location that suits them. We are so looking forward to sharing this very special sunrise with you. In 2009, in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, 400 people set off on the inaugural Darkness Into Light 5km walk to raise funds for Pieta. From small beginnings, the movement has continued to grow, and around 200,000 people now take part in the event annually. Each year the walk provides an opportunity for people to connect with their local community and to show their support for those who have been impacted by suicide. Our team of dedicated volunteers, in Ireland and overseas, return year on year to make the event a success and to help us all continue to raise awareness in the global fight against suicide and self-harm. Since Darkness Into Light began, our supporters have helped us raise almost €29 million, which has enabled us to keep our doors and our 24/7 helpline open for people in crisis, free of charge. In 2012, our first international event took place in London, and since then our international partner charities, from Seoul to Spain and New Zealand to the Netherlands, have benefited from an investment of over €3.5 million in local mental health support services. Since 2013 we are so proud to have been supported by Electric Ireland, and this year, we ask you to join Pieta and Electric Ireland, along with our partner charities and supporters across the world, for a special Darkness Into Light sunrise. Although in 2021 we may not be able to gather together as we have before, we can share one sunrise together and create hope for a brighter future.
Hazel loves exploring and regaling people with stories and giving a glimpse into the city known for its love of cheeky rhymes and ballads. Her background is in the travel and tourism industry in Ireland, and she has juggled roles ranging from tutor to travel agent. Travelling has always been in her blood. Hazel’s grandfather was a driver-guide, and her interest in becoming a guide started almost a decade ago when she took a group of excited students on a walking tour of Dublin, captivating them with the city’s culture. Since then, there has been no turning back. With her tours, you might find yourself mingling with the locals, who love to get involved with the tour! With a dash of surprise, Hazel loves entertaining people with fun stories and experiences. “An unforgettable experience that I had was when myself and a friend got chatting with a well-known Irish author and we ended up back at his house cooking spaghetti Bolognese!” she says. She is the owner of Virtually Irish, a new and exciting venture showcasing the best of what Ireland has to offer.
Hazel has been guiding since Oct 2019
Get ready for something special. We're travelling to County Dublin with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.
The tour will last about 60 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from County Dublin. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.
The majority of your tip goes directly to support the guide's hard work, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.
09 May 2021
Loved the idea and the concept! Even weather didn't impede the voyageurs to have a good time.
08 May 2021
It was like a Monet painting and for very good cause. It was moving seeing everybody walking in the pouring rain to light up the darkness.
08 May 2021
well done Hazel, lovely chat on a very wet morning!
08 May 2021
Hazel was so good to brave the awful weather to highlight a great charity. She always goes the extra mile and I enjoy her tours very much
08 May 2021
Defeated in part by the weather but Hazel still gave an amazing tour. Lots of interesting information, great interaction with the people on the tour, all whilst looking out at pouring rain from her car! Thank you for keeping the tour going, Hazel, and I hope you got your walk in in the end!
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