Raising funds in Madison’s honour

Madison Jardine at her formal at Toogoolawah State High School in 2021. PHOTO: FILE

THE JARDINE family are keeping their daughter’s dreams alive, with plans to establish a disability care business in Ipswich, and once established the family would look to expand to Somerset.

Former Toogoolawah State High School student Madison Jardine tragically passed away at the age of 19 in a traffic incident in Esk in early January this year, and in late February her family set up a GoFundMe page to honour Madison’s love of disability work.

Father Michael Jardine said the family wanted to start a disability care business from scratch, a plan Madison and her mother Olivia spoke about frequently.

“Madie and her mother worked side by side in the Disability industry and they loved helping others,” Mr Jardine said.

“Madie often talked about starting a care business before she was tragically taken from us in a horrific car accident on her way home from work.”

Mr Jardine said they would start the business in Madison’s name, honour, and that the family wanted to ‘do it right’.

“Madison and her mum worked for companies, and they have seen the darker side of things, and they didn’t like what they had seen,” he said.

“They’ve both seen the way the industry runs, there’s too many loopholes, and they weren’t happy with it.

Mr Jardine said many businesses working in the NDIS scheme were a cash grab, and the Jardines’ business would not follow the same path.

“It’s looking after people and giving them what they need,” he said.

“Obviously people have got to get paid and earn a living, but it’s not about ripping the system off.”

Mr Jardine said Madison loved working with her clients.

“She had pretty much done this work since she left school, that’s all she had known, and she loved it,” he said.

“The participants she worked with, she absolutely adored them.

“Besides that sort of work she cared for animals, she was a massive animal lover and would never harm an animal in her life.

“She was a young girl who cared, she had a big heart and she cared beyond belief.”

The family has a goal of $20,000 – to support their fundraising, visit gofundme.com/f/to-honour-and-care-for-others