The Eddie Chambers 5K race is an event held by Mental Illness Awareness and Suicide Prevention in honor of Manchester West High School student Edward Chambers, who tragically took his life in October of 2016. The 5K is our second annual event to raise awareness and money for mental illness and suicide prevention. With the money raised last year, we created a scholarship fund, a fund for the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, and donated to many local communities such as the Liberty House and NAMI NH.
COVID-19 UPDATE: The event will still be held. The new date is June 13, 2020 at 10 am. Our event is now virtual due to the new Manchester Parks and Rec rules for the summer. We will be hosting a live zoom call, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org when you register in order to receive the Zoom meeting link day of the event!
Note for those who already registered: If you previously registered for May 9, 2020 and cannot attend on June 13 or wish for a refund, please contact us through this site or email@example.com and a full refund will be provided! If there are any questions, reach out to us!
After the suicide of a peer, close friend, and brother, Edward, students in the Manchester School District decided to shape their grief into action. They got together and started Project Eddie with DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) where they competed in marketing by selling bracelets. They spent hours of work designing, ordering, marketing, and selling the blue and purple bracelets, marked with the group name and suicide hotline number. They also paired with ChangeDirection NH to create t-shirts with the 5 signs of mental illness, which they sold with the bracelets. In 2018, their hard work was recognized when Project Eddie earned first place in Community Service Projects at the DECA Career Development Conference. However, the group’s work was far from done. Mental illness and suicide education was still needed in our high schools and community. Thus, they sought out to form an official non-profit group dedicated to the cause that would live on. M.I.A.S.P., or Mental Illness Awareness and Suicide Prevention, is the non-profit group that was created by these 5 high school students in Manchester, NH. Formed in August 2018, this group made steps to attain official non-profit status with the state of New Hampshire.