With the COVID-19 restrictions putting a stop to Darkness Into Light the GAA referees panel are stepping up

GAA Referees - Darkness Into Light

While we’re all going through the adjustments of living with the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, there are a lot of organisations that are suffering. And more than ever charities are finding it hard to co-ordinate fund raising events. One such event is the hugely popular “Darkness Into Light”.

Every year across the country, and indeed the globe, millions of people rise early to greet the sun  as it rises to raise funds and the awareness for suicide. In Ireland Pieta House benefit from this event. And as a result of the current restrictions this year’s “Darkness Into Light” event will no happen.

This week it was announced that the GAA’s national panel of referees will come together to to raise €10,000 for Pieta House. Whistle Blowers like David Gough, Joe McQuillan and Fergal Horan will complete a virtual All Ireland Championship run totalling 810km this weekend.

The average distance covered by a referee in a senior inter county match is 11.2km. And each of the 72 football and hurling referees involved in the challenge will cover that distance. The virtual run starts at Innovate Wexford Park, moving to Pairc Ui Chaoimh. The journey will head north to MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey, finishing in GAA Headquarters in Croke Park.

This weekend should have seen this year’s Championship, and also the “Darkness Into Light” take place. So no better day that Saturday, May 9th, to hold an event like this.

You can follow the event’s progress on the official GoFundMe page and also by using the hashtag #RefereesRunForPietaHouse across Social Media. All referees involved will post a selfie on the platforms after their leg of the challenge is complete.

To donate, go to gofundme.com/f/RefereesChampionshipRunForPietaHouse