Charity runs and walks in Luxembourg

Would you like to support a good cause? Here you will find several events that are both sporting and charitable. In addition, they can be attended with family, friends or colleagues.

Darkness Into Light, help people in mental distress

It is already the second edition of this walk in support of people in distress to help them seek help. Aimed at raising awareness of the problems linked to self-harm and suicide, this run is organised with the support of the Irish Embassy in Luxembourg. This year, Darkness into Light is also placed under the High Patronage of Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess. Help people in psychological suffering!

Announced for Saturday, May 9, 2020, the Darkness Into Light Luxembourg 2020 march is postponed to Saturday 3October 2020, due to the Covid-19 epidemic. 

Proceeds from this edition will be donated to the associations SOS Détresse, Kanner-Jugendtelefon and to ELEC’s Information and Prevention Service. Registration fees will be paid to Pieta House in Ireland, the organiser of this charity walk in 2009.

Ten years later, more than 200,000 people are now walking together from night to day, through more than 200 cities and 20 countries. Grieving the loss of a loved one who saw suicide as the only solution to his or her suffering, the marchers are gathering to show those in pain that hope exists and that after the darkest night comes the light of dawn.

Organised for the first time in 2019 in Luxembourg, this march brought together more than 400 people at 5 a.m. across the city of Luxembourg in torrential rain. In the end, the marchers in yellow collected more than 33,000 euros which were donated to associations involved in the fight against suicide. 

Let’s bet that this year, Darkness Into Light will gather even more yellow walkers! So don’t hesitate, register now, places are limited.

Information and registration on the Darkness Into Light website. 

You can also make a donation to DIL Luxembourg

Relais pour la vie, fighting cancer

Another major charity event traditionally takes place in spring at d’Coque: the Relais pour la Vie (Relay for Life). 

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 epidemic / and the risks associated with the coronavirus for sick people, the 2020 edition of the Relay for Life scheduled for 21 and 22 March 2020 has been cancelled by decision of the Cancer Foundation.

This highly expected event is organized by the Cancer Foundation. Each year, more than 10,000 participants (13,000 in 2019) organized in teams, take turns walking or running on the track of the Coque as part of a relay over 24 hours. Two key moments frame this relay. First the opening ceremony to kick off.  Then, the candlelight ceremony closes this fabulous moment with a minute’s silence and messages of sharing, hope and love.

Each team organizes itself to lead this relay so that one person is permanently on the track. The idea is to show that the disease leaves no respite to patients and to support cancer patients.

Teams (between 24 and 48 people) can register from 7 November in one of the different categories. You can choose between associations, schools (high schools, universities, etc.), companies and institutions, countries, health professions or supporters (families, friends, etc.)

The registration fee is 300 euros per team. Registrations are closed as soon as 375 teams have been formed. So don’t delay in organizing your team! More information here.

Broschtkriibslaf, against breast cancer

Organised by the Europa Donna Luxembourg association in collaboration with the City of Luxembourg, this race aims to support breast cancer patients on a daily basis in their fight against the disease. 

As every year for 17 years, the race starts at 10:00 am at Neumunster Abbey in the Grund. The 4 km route, which stretches along the Pétrusse Valley and runs through the old districts of the City of Luxembourg. Everyone can choose to do the route by walking or running, once or several times depending on their endurance.

Registrations can be made online at The price of participation is 12 euros per adult or 6 euros from 13 to 25 years old.

At the end of the race and in a friendly atmosphere, stands allow you to eat. A tombola is also organised with a draw for bib numbers.

The next event will be in october 2020.

Run in the dark, support paralysis

The 7th edition of the Run in the Dark race, in support of the paralysis, will take place on November 2020 in Luxembourg as in more than 50 cities around the world with the same start at 8pm. 

Due to an accident that Irish athlete Mark Pollock, the first blind person to travel to the South Pole and a fan of endurance racing, was paralyzed. At the initiative of his friends, the first Run in the Dark race took place while he was still in hospital. Then, through the Irish community, the movement quickly spread around the world, including Luxembourg.

Each year, the number of participants increases. You too can support the Mark Pollock Trust by running or walking the 5 or 10 km of the Run in the Dark on November from 8pm. Each participant will be equipped with a flashing armband and will receive a bag of goodies and refreshments after the race.

More information to come about this event.

To know more about Run in the Dark. You can also create your own fundraising campaign on the Run in the Dark page.

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