Winter Wonderland Ball fundraiser event Friday 28 July 2017

The Jason Rich Foundation was established in late 2009. The foundation provides young drivers defensive driving and education, at no cost. This year, the foundation is aiming to raise $20,000 which provides funding for 100 young drivers. The ripple effect this has in our community in invaluable. Simply put, it saves lives. The foundations motto is “coz life’s worth living’.

With the support from our local community, we can all do our bit to save lives by continuing to fund this free defensive driver program for CQ’s young drivers. Here’s how you can help!

Wear your Finest Formal Attire and attend the Winter Wonderland Ball.

When: Friday July 28th 2017

Time: 6:30pm – midnight

Where: Yeppoon Town Hall

Ticket Cost: $100pp – Includes Champagne on arrival and Canapes and gourmet dinner served by Olive Catering.

Entertainment: Rhonda Janes 7 Piece Band, Live Auctions and Raffles.

Click here to purchase your ticket online or visit the Facebook event pageWinter-Wonderland-Ball

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2017 Yeppoon Fun Run to Save CQ Lives

Every cent raised goes to funding local year 12 students through Defensive Driving courses!


5km Cross Country Run or 3km Fun Event (child and pram friendly)

When: Sunday 7th May 2017 7am

Where: St Brendan’s College Main Oval

Why: To make the world a better place!

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Yeppoon Motor Club donates $1000

Yeppoon Motor Club

Started by Terry Egan and Erwin Kleinert, the Yeppoon Motor Club was established in 2010 on the Capricorn Coast in Central Queensland. The club is a friendly no politics, no nonsense club that catches up on a regular basis with its over 100 members.

We were contacted by the club President Erwin earlier this month. Mr Erwin said “Every financial year we have a little bit of money left over. We’re not interested in using the money towards the club, but instead we would rather donate it to the Jason Rich Foundation. We want this to be an ongoing thing.”

Erwin and the club members believe it important for teenage “rev heads” to join Yeppoon Motor Club. He said “As a club, we don’t purposely go out on the streets to be a hoon. There’s a time and place for that like the Benaraby raceway. The reality is most of us are rebels deep inside. If teenagers want to get it out of their system, they join our club. It’s only $30 per year.”

The Yeppoon Motor Club sign on day is this Sunday 14 February at Ross Ck Yeppoon from 8am to 12pm. There will be a show and shine, free sausage sizzle, celebrity drop-ins and a very generous donation made to the Jason Rich Foundation.

On behalf of all of us at JRF, thank you Yeppoon Motor Club for being so generous & awesome!

Yeppoon Motor Club

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Lessons from Kokoda

What a week! We just got back from 7 days hiking through the PNG jungle and what an experience it was :)

Before I share with you some of the pictures and stories from the trip I thought I would share with you the top 3 things I learnt from the experience.

Lesson 1 – We’re Not Just Lucky

We’re not just lucky – we won the freakin lotto!!

Seeing how the majority of the world lives in scarcity and poverty was an incredible eye opener for me. Example – one of our Porters Jerry was 15, had never owned a pair of shoes and hiked the whole track 96km through thick jungle bare foot so he could pay his next terms school fees. AMAZING! Here we whinge about having to go to school and most of us spent our child hoods trying to avoid it as much as possible.

Lesson 2 – Perseverance Is Key

When faced with no alternative but to keep going it’s amazing what you can achieve. All too often in our comfortable lives we have the option of giving up and still being OK. This is a dangerous habit to get yourself into.

In the jungle we couldn’t stop. As hard as it got we had to keep going. In that process of perseverance and simply putting one foot in front of the other we achieved something amazing!

I think it’s a great analogy for life when you simply push through instead of giving up you’ll surprise yourself with the results :)

Lesson 3 – Circumstances Don’t Determine Your Results

It was interesting to see how ambitious the kids of the villages were – they wanted to be teachers, doctors etc and despite the fact they lived in a tiny village in the jungle there were still avenues for them to make these dreams come true despite having to face a few more obstacles along the way then we might have to.

Like Jerry, our 15 year old porter who hiked the whole trek bare foot so he could pay his school fees for the next term. He wants to be a doctor J Have you ever been willing to walk 96km through the jungle bare foot carrying someone elses heavy back pack so you could get in the door of your school and have an opportunity to get 1% closer to achieving your dream? Or did you give up when it got a bit hard?

The point being that no matter whether you grow up in a village or with priveledges like most of us you get to choose your destiny. That should never be forgotten.

I hope you enjoyed my lessons :) The Kokoda Trek is something I recommend to all Aussies – an amazing experience and I’m sure we’ll do it again some day soon so keep an ear out!

Enjoy the pics :)

This is Jerry – our inspiring porter that I was telling you about earlier.
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2014 Yeppoon Fun Run Wrap Up

What a beautiful day it was on Sunday for our 3rd annual Yeppoon Fun Run!

401 runners turned out to help us raise just over $10,000 to go towards Central QLD year 12 students going through our full day Defensive Driver Training program!

This will undoubtedly save lives and help make our region a safer place :)

You can find a full list of results here >>> Click Here For Results <<<

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors including:

  • The Yeppoon Lions Club
  • JBS Meatworks
  • Michelle Landry MP
  • Wok Me Noodle Bar
  • Pimp My Party
  • Livingstone Shire Council
  • Musician Aaron Hamilton
  • Cap Coast Signs

Check out some of the photos from the day :)

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JRF Fun Run 2014

Yeppoon Fun Run To Save CQ Lives

Every cent raised goes to funding local year 12 students through Defensive Driving courses!


When: Sunday 4th May 7am

Where: Yeppoon Main Beach

Why: To make the world a better place!

Our 2011 Yeppoon Fun Run

Inside a JRF Defensive Driving Course

Promoting Our Courses at Yeppoon State High School


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A reflection after 3 years…

A small band of people have mobilised others whose combined efforts have, by the end of 2013, put  600 students through a full day Defensive Driving Course! After 3 short years, we have made a very healthy start towards achieving our goals. Well done, everyone!



Some adults get the ball rolling…

Since our beginnings as a foundation way back in 2010, we’ve organised quite a few functions – 2 charity auctions, 4 golf days, a high tea, 3 fun runs , raffles and a charity bike ride. I would guestimate these functions would have involved way over 3,000 people – all having fun.

To accomplish this, we enjoyed the support of many local businesses as sponsors, way too many to list in this article. After our inaugural fundraising function, Tracey Rich was quoted in The Bulletin (14 May,2011) saying she was overwhelmed by the support of the community; “Everyone was so generous!”  This community support has been replicated every time we have a function. How lucky we are to live in such a community! We also enjoyed the support of CQ Drilling and Blasting, the CapCoast Runners, the 2013 International Women’s Day Committee, the Central Queensland All Classic Motor Club, Karen McGrath of Mocha Fashions, local Lions’ clubs , the social club from  Capricornia Correction Centre and lots of raffle ticket sellers. What a very healthy start to our fundraising efforts! This year, as well as our usual supporters, Aurizon and JBS have got on board to put even more students through this life saving program!

Students get on board…

In 2012, our fundraising efforts took a turn in a different direction, when groups of school students commenced JRF fund raising ventures of their own. It all began with a junior Business class at St Ursula’s College organising a venture that raised $500. Another class from SUC repeated this event last year.  Junior Business classes at Rockhampton Girls’ Grammar enjoyed some baking and raised $600. These girls were obviously smart businesswomen who knew how to target their audience of boarding school students; home made cakes were a great way to go, girls! In 2013, some of the Emmaus Year 12’s, invited Year 12’s from some other Rocky schools to a social gathering one Friday night at the end of May. This raised nearly $1000! Students and staff at Rocky High, North Rocky High, Mt Morgan High and Glenmore High supported our Gold Coast holiday raffle.  Students joined us on our Mt Morgan to Rocky bike ride. Another St Ursula’s College class did some more fundraising and a Year 11 class from Rocky Grammar organised the inaugural Rockhampton Charity Golf Day.


Well done to the students and teachers involved in all of these events!  Let’s see what we can do in 2014!

Linda Mcluskie

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My Top 6 From The First 26

Hey guys, Jake here.

So today is my birthday! I turn a ripe old 26 :-)

I was driving around last night in a bit of a reflective mood and thought it would be cool to share with you some of the biggest things I’ve learnt in my old age….

Before I start I want you to know that I am about as far from perfect as humanly possible so please don’t think that’s what I’m trying to portray here. I’ve failed many more times than I’ve succeeded – I’ve probably just done it quicker and more often than most which means I’ve had to learn a few harsh lessons pretty quickly!

So let’s get into it – my top 6 lessons from my first 26 years :-)

1) Your environment is critical.

You become more like the people you spend time with. This means if you want to grow you need to spend more time with people who have what you want. It also means you have to spend less time with those who feel it’s their duty to drag you down. I call these people the “crabs” in your life. Why? Because if you put crabs in a bucket every time one of them looks like getting out one of the others drags them down and tries to climb over them.

Look after your environment in 2 ways: 1) Eliminate the crabs (if you can’t eliminate, severely limit your time with them). 2) Hang out with the absolute best! Listen to audio books in your car, read their books etc…


Spend your time with great people, they’ll lift you up – this is me with my mate Zac who plays AFL for the Gold Coast Suns.

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Yeppoon Golf Day 2013

A great day was had on the greens at the Yeppoon Golf Club when we took to the fairways for the annual JRF Golf Day!

Congratulations to Jeff Ingle, John Loader, Brandan Ingham & Charlie Lillie who won the 4 ball ambrose competition :)

If you want to join us at our upcoming Rockhampton Golf Day simply click on this link

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Fun Run

With 301 runners taking part and finishing with a smile on their face the first ever Jason Rich Foundation Fun Run was a massive success! Congratulations to everyone who took part and a big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who helped not only on the day but the weeks and months in the lead up :)

Check out all the action in this video!

Were you there? Let us know what you thought of the day with a comment below.

Committed to changing the world,

The JRF Team.

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What is JRF?
The Jason Rich Foundation was established in May 2011 after Jason’s death in a single vehicle car accident on the 30th of December 2009 - just 29 days after his 21st birthday. The reason we decided to take on this challenge is because we now know the impact that losing a young life has on the people left behind and we want to do everything in our power to ensure that Jason’s legacy lives on and that his passing can make a massive positive impact on the world as we know it. We see losing Jason as a great opportunity to educate our young drivers and change the way our young people view driving and more importantly how they act behind the wheel.
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