Jaydon’s memory lives on with new foundation
WHEN Lizzie Adams lost her son Jaydon in a horrific traffic crash seven years ago, it sent shockwaves through her family.
"I think the worst part was when I woke up (one day) and I didn't have my family around me - it's been a bit of a journey and I had to just put myself back in control," she said.
"Nobody should need to go what we went through."
The CEO of Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement's said her desire to make sure no person felt the way she did in 2013 was behind the formation of the Jaydon Adams Memorial Foundation.
Mrs Adams, an Aboriginal health advocate, said the foundation would focus on helping indigenous youth across the Darling Downs who were at risk of negative lifestyle outcomes.
From there, the organisation would also engage in "Aboriginal mental health first aid" with the wider community.
She said Jaydon's death on the New England Highway was at least partly due to certain decisions he had made the weekend before, which could have been prevented.
"We've going to focus around social and emotional wellbeing of our young people and their families," Mrs Adams said.
The foundation, which will be based out of the old Housing Hub on Russell St, was kickstarted thanks to grant funding from the Queensland Government's Dignity First Fund.
Mrs Adams said the aim was to create preventive measures to ensure indigenous young people stayed on good paths in life.
For more information about the foundation, email email@example.com.