Jason died young but legacy lives
NOT a day goes by when Yeppoon's Tracey Rich doesn't think about her family's tragic loss.
Tracey's heartache after losing her son Jason, who had turned 21 shortly before he died in a car crash 16 months ago, has driven her to push ahead with an innovative campaign to help stop youngsters dying on Central Queensland roads.
Having teamed up with her son's best mate, Jacob McLuskie, Tracey is out to raise enough money so 100 Central Queensland Year 12 students can participate in a defensive driving course this year.
Jason died when his car hit a tree off the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Rd early one December morning in 2009.
Tracey and Jacob yesterday urged people to get behind their campaign by visiting the Jason Rich Foundation page on the Facebook site (see factbox).
Funded by a private backer, for every 1000 people who “Like” the page, $1000 is provided to the campaign.
It was only last Thursday the foundation got the tick of approval and already more than 1300 people have shown their support.
It is hoped 2000 people will have shown their support by the end of the week.
Though Tracey can't bring back Jason, she hopes to save other mothers from the ordeal she has been through.
Jason loved life. He enjoyed fishing, the beach and being around mates.
He had his whole life ahead of him.
“There's not a day that goes by that we don't think about him, we are so proud of his achievements,” Tracey said.
“We just want to make sure that no other family goes through the pain that we've been through.
“We've all had someone we know killed or injured on the roads and it (road safety) is a really important message to get out there.”
Jacob said he wanted something good to come out of the tragedy.
“The foundation was created for young kids that may not have very good decision-making skills when driving, and with more education it will make themselves and everyone else safer on the roads.”
Jacob, who now runs a business in Redcliffe, said he would come to the region to join Tracey when they visited schools to talk about the program.
The pair plans to go to schools across the region to recruit students for their initiative.