The Road Ahead : April May 2012
MAKES YOUR DAY 73 APR/MAY 2012 THE ROAD AHEAD MUTUALITY MEMBER ESSENTIALS BIRTH DEFIES DISASTER If there was ever an example of every cloud having a silver lining, it's little Callum Wieland. The lively 14-month-old wouldn't remember his first helicopter ride when he was just one day old and fleeing his flood-stricken home in the Lockyer Valley. But it was a day his mum Kristie and dad Andy will never forget. Nor will the paramedics aboard the RACQ CareFlight helicopter. It wasn't the first time the family had been affected by flood. The roads surrounding the Wieland's home had been cut off several times in the weeks leading up to the devastating event that shattered the small community. So when the water began to rise on January 11, Kristie and Andy set about stocking up on provisions for themselves and daughter Keonie, secure in the knowledge that their home was safe from the bursting banks of the nearby creek. What they didn't know was their second child, although not due to arrive for another two weeks, had other plans. "As soon as we arrived home from the corner store with supplies, my waters broke," Kristie said. "My first instinct was that I had to get to hospital, but we were trapped." Thankfully, Andy had followed his wife's advice and stayed home from work that morning, and so was by her side. Andy rang 000 immediately, only to learn that their house was inaccessible due to the bad weather. Rather than worry his wife, Andy reassured Kristie that everything would be okay. Neighbours rallied around them, looking after Keonie and keeping up supplies of fresh towels and moral support. Armed with her iPhone, which had an app that measured her contractions, Kristie focused on labouring as calmly as possible. "When the paramedics rang we could tell them exactly how far apart the contractions were, so no one was worried," Kristie said. "We r a ng the hospital and they told us what we needed to prepare for the birth and we rang them as soon as he was born." After an eight hour labour, Kristie and Andy delivered their newborn son, Callum. Kristie said despite the circumstances surrounding the birth, Callum's arrival was extraordinarily calm. "That night we all cleaned up, had something to eat and just went to bed as a little family as if nothing bizarre had happened," she said. "It was all very natural." Paramedics called to check on the family during the night and, at 6am the next morning, the RACQ CareFlight helicopter was able to airlift them to St Andrew's Private Hospital in Ipswich. Just over a year later, Kristie and Andy are still amazed at the events surrounding their son's birth. The safe arrival of Callum during the worst natural disaster in Queensland's history is a blessing they will never take for granted. Even though RACQ Careflight is supported by RACQ members, Kristie and Andy were so grateful for the help they received that they plan to donate $1000 to ensure the service keeps on flying. h t ti Ki ti f d of the new season in September 2011. The first Friday night meet after the flood devastation was emotional for the club's 157 athletes and five committee members. "We kicked off the season in late September last year, only three weeks later than the official start of the Little Athletics season so we were pretty much on track," Ms Spyro said. "It was so good to see the kids enjoying athletics again." Also lost were all the perpetual trophies and records. To celebrate a new beginning, the club has created a new trophy in recognition of RACQ Foundation's support -- the RACQ Best All Round Female Athlete. "I didn't realise as a member of RACQ that RACQ put back into the community this way," Ms Spyro said. "It's awesome."
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