We are very excited to be officially launching the worldwide event called ‘Darkness into Light’ here in the UAE. We believe that it is a wonderful opportunity to bring communities together and to raise Mental Health Awareness and funds for such an amazing cause. We have partnered with The Al Jalila Foundation here in the UAE. This global philanthropic organisation is dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research. It was founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai in April 2013, to position Dubai and the UAE at the forefront of medical innovation.
A little background to the event....
Darkness into Light is a unique international event taking place on the 6th of May 2017 in over 100 venues across Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and with your support in the Middle East, here in Abu Dhabi and Dubai!! Thousands of people gather at the darkest point of the night, at locations across the world and walk the 5km route as dawn is breaking. The symbolism of commencing in darkness and walking into the light gives the occasion its impact in the community and enables us to deliver a potent message of hope to all. It highlights the struggles of those suffering from a mental illness in the dark and celebrates hope for the future as we walk into the light as a supportive community.
Darkness into Light is a very positive community event and will be a wonderful addition to the UAE as it will reinforce the community spirit that is already present here. Although it started in Ireland, it is an event that is inclusive of all nationalities and really hopes to bring everyone together. During my four years of living in Abu Dhabi, I have met truly wonderful people and believe this event will be embraced by all. I feel Abu Dhabi is a home away from home for me and the Darkness into Light walk is an opportunity for all living here to embrace and enjoy the community spirit already present here.
We have committees of dedicated volunteers in place in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai that are very passionate about this cause and are giving their free time to organise this amazing event. Please find details of both events below. It would be amazing to have your support for this event in any way possible. We are also happy to discuss ways in which we can highlight you support online and at the event itself. Thank you in anticipation for your kind help.