Your Mind Matters Walkathon Raises Over $5,000

Liliana Luciani, Writer, Reporter

On May 7, Iris Dunham, a senior, hosted an event for the school and community called the Your Mind Matters Walkathon which took place at the Peters Track. The goal of this event was to spread awareness for mental health in young adults and to raise money for the JED foundation, an organization that looks to help people struggling with mental illness. More than 120 community members came out on Sunday morning from 9-2 to walk a 5k and to donate. The event raised over $5,000 and all proceeds went directly to the foundation.
Many sport teams including girls lacrosse, baseball, football, track, and boys tennis came together to support the event. Boys Tennis even did an amount of push-ups for each lap that they walked.
Not only was there walking, there were tables around the track representing different foundations and clubs that supported mental health awareness. NAMI, REACT, 988 Mobile Crisis, and Chris Carslie were all there teaching walkers what to do in times of crisis and other statistics about mental illness. The Interact club also had a table doing crafts with the attendants. Attendants could also take a break from walking and participate in each tables’ activities, and they could also participate in raffles. There were three raffles at the event. One prize was a $50 gift card to Fringe, a local thrift store, which Riley Kuever won. There were also two gift cards for Grand Apizza, one for $20 and one for $10. Maeve Madura won the $20 card and Lily Tanner received the $10 one.
Overall, Iris Dunham’s Your Mind Matters Walkathon was a major success as Dunham says, ¨It was a huge success, better than I ever imagined. I couldn’t be more greatful for everything and everyone who helped put this event together.”