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Nitro s'engage : course caritative Darkness into Light

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“Everybody who comes in has a story to tell. Everybody is there for a reason.”

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“Everybody who comes in has a story to tell. Everybody is there for a reason.”

Plus de 100 000 personnes de 80 lieux répartis sur trois continents ont participé à l'événement Darkness Into Light, une marche + course de 5 km organisée par la Pieta House le samedi 9 mai. Venus de Galway, Dublin, Londres, New York ou Perth, les participants ont marché ou couru sur 5 km à 4 h 15 du matin. L'organisation caritative, un centre de prévention de l'automutilation et du suicide, affirme que l'aube symbolise l'espoir mais aussi sa mission : ramener les gens de l'ombre vers la lumière.

Il est 3 h 30 du matin, heure à laquelle la plupart des gens rentrent chez eux après avoir passé leur vendredi soir dehors. Il faut sortir du lit, prendre la voiture pour parcourir la courte distance qui mène jusqu'au Phoenix Park de Dublin. En parcourant les rues de la ville, vous croisez les derniers fêtards qui rentrent chez eux. En descendant les quais, vous remarquez que les bus Nitelink habituels sont remplacés par des bus de service affichant « Darkness into Light 2015 ».

We registered at 4.40am, well past the starting time of 4.15am, but it doesn’t matter, the atmosphere is captivating. Music is played, volunteers are on hand to provide encouragement to the participants. Crowds are taking photos of each other as they cross the starting line, others are simply taking 5mins to have a silent thought at the display of candles spelling out HOPE. There was plenty of water in Custom Water bottles as well which helped because a lot of running was about to take place and the last thing any of us would want is to be really dehydrated to take all the energy out of the event.

The distinctive yellow race t-shirts on, a group shot with my fellow Nitronauts and a high five later, Alan & Garth from the sales team (the athletes) took off on their 5km run. The rest of us walking at a nice brisk pace. The atmosphere on the route was a mix of fun, laughter and emotion. At 2km, there was a stop off point where you could light a candle for a loved one who had passed away and at 3km the Dublin Gospel Choir sang out uplifting tunes to encourage and lift people’s spirits.

À 5 h 38, le soleil s'est levé et a illuminé la vaste étendue du Phoenix Park. En arrivant au sommet de la colline, après 4 km, la ligne d'arrivée est en vue. À mesure que nous approchions du poteau d'arrivée, nous pouvions entendre des acclamations, un bénévole armé d'un mégaphone félicitant et encourageant les participants qui franchissaient la ligne d'arrivée.

From 6 year olds to 60 years olds the turn-out and support of such a good cause was incredible-there was even a doggy or two kitted out in yellow!

Just as most people’s Saturday morning was starting six very refreshed but chilly Nitronauts made their way back to the exit of Phoenix Park, chatting about the next Nitro Gives event. All in all, it was a success and a rewarding reason to jump out of bed at 3.30am. We even got to see a deer!! J

Katie, Sarah, Shane, Ali, Alan and Garth from the Nitro EMEA office in Dublin took part in ‘Darkness into Light’ to raise funds for Pieta House charity. All funds raised were matched by Nitro as part of our Nitro Gives program.

The Nitro Gives Program covers a range of initiatives including Volunteering Time Off, Donation Matching and Licensing Donations. The program centers around and supports a number of core values including, Education, Community and Environment. Nitro Gives is owned by the People Operations Team and is a core element of Nitro’s Employee Experience Hierarchy of Needs.

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