Jade Dixson, 17, died in a crash on Dulong Rd.
Jade Dixson, 17, died in a crash on Dulong Rd. Contributed/Facebook

Community digs deep for Jade's lasting legacy

BE IT a couple of bucks or a trifecta clean-up, the punters dug deep for a cause more important than themselves.

Mark Dixson was still struggling to comprehend the $30,000 in donations raised in his daughter's honorary race meet on Sunday.

Thousands turned out for Sunday's race meet - Jade's Legacy - remembering the teenage girl who tragically lost her life in a car crash.

Friends, family and people simply wishing the family well flocked to Corbould Park for the eight-card meet.

An emotional Mr Dixson said Jade was there in spirit.

"Jade would have wanted to be there, but she was there alright,” Mr Dixson said.

"She would have been over the moon from it. The love and support that was showed on the day, she really would have loved it.

"The whole atmosphere was just fantastic, everyone had a really good time.”

It has only been months since the Nambour teen was killed when the red Hyundai she was a passenger in came off the road, flipped and slammed into a tree.

Despite frantic attempts at CPR by "admirable” passing motorists, Jade could not be saved.

The same "cheeky, charming” girl was at the back of everyone's minds over the weekend.

Tears were shed between those closest to the Dixsons after the meet as they reminisced her.

"We had a few tears last night, but overall it was a better day that I thought it would be.”

He said the generosity of the entire community was "overwhelming”.

People would pocket hundreds of dollars and the winnings would go straight to the tin.

"We ended up raising $30,000 dollars, which I am still just speechless about,” he said.

"People were winning their races, like big hundred-dollar wins and putting the whole lot straight in the tin.

"I know Mayor Mark Jamieson and Councillor Jason O'Pray contributed substantial funds.

"We had 260 people in our area and more than 1200 in general admission. It was just fantastic.”

He said he was pleased to find support from rival clubs who were more than willing to part with funds to the important cause.

On behalf of the Dixson family and Jade's Legacy, Mr Dixson expressed his appreciation to the community.

Jade will live on through the annual race day but also through a road safety message - Juvenile Attitude Defensive Education Solutions.

The family are working tirelessly to promote a program that would prevent the same fate happening to another young teenager.

It has the backing of LNP member for Nicklin Marty Hunt and Mr Dixson said recent talks with Queensland Police and the Department of Main Roads had been "promising”.

"So far we have just had the initial discussions with the governing bodies, and they have been both helpful and informative,” he said.

"They like the direction and drive we are heading in and will help push forward our goals.

"We are just a two-month organisation trying to make a change, you don't get everything right at the start.

"At the end of the day we will make a difference.”

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