Funds raised for Jason Rich
IT was a great lesson in making a vision become reality.
Last Friday night more than 150 people gathered at the Capricorn Tavern in Yeppoon to raise a whopping $13,600 for the Jason Rich Foundation.
Jason was killed in a tragic road accident in December 2009 and The Morning Bulletin reported on April 21 that his mother was trying to raise money to put 100 Year 11 and 12 students in CQ through defensive driving courses.
For every 1000 “likes” on Facebook, $1000 would be donated to the foundation by private backer.
Tracey and Jason’s best friend, Jacob McLuskie, started the foundation in Jason’s memory to prevent further young deaths on Central Queensland roads.
Tracey said she was overwhelmed by the support of the community.
“Everyone was so generous. It was a great night, so many people came to show their support,” she said.
And with the extra money, their goal of putting 100 students through the course had risen to 200, with enough now to put 101 through, Tracey said.
“The first course has been organised for this Sunday, May 15, at the Gracemere Saleyards for 12 students from Yeppoon High State School.”
Tracey and Jacob are now in the initial stages of planning the next defensive driving course which will be for St Brendan’s College, the school that Jason attended.
Tracey plans to go with the group tomorrow to shoot video footage of the course for future students.