The Road Ahead : June July 2014
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 10 MAIN IMAGE: RACQ CAREFLIGHT RESCUE CREW IN ACTION. THE ROAD AHEAD JUN/JUL 2014 NEWS | FEATURE where there's a will ... STORY BELINDA PETERS RACQ GOLD 50 MEMBER LAYNE DALY TALKS ABOUT HER DECISION TO LEAVE A BEQUEST TO RACQ CAREFLIGHT. IN ANSWERING AN advertisement for a volunteer position as a hangar tour guide at RACQ CareFlight, Layne Daly saw a chance to combine her public speaking skills with her aviation background as a former fixed-wing pilot. Little did she know that this step would lead to her deciding to leave a bequest in her will to help keep this life-saving service in the air. Now, three years on, Layne has not only found a volunteer position that she loves, she has also had the opportunity to witness first-hand the hard work and dedication that goes into keeping a helicopter rescue operation in the air. "I like it because of the variety of people I meet. You meet the nicest people," Layne said. Layne enjoys a great working relationship with all the RACQ CareFlight crew, who share their expertise and stories with the various tour groups and, while there's often a jovial atmosphere in the hangar, as soon as a call comes in the mood takes on a sombre urgency. "There's always a lot of banter from the crew in the hangar, but when someone walks in and says 'we've been tasked; jobs on', it's almost as if a switch has been thrown in their heads. They can go from laughing and bantering to suddenly being thrown into the job of planning a mission." It was one moment in particular during one of her tours, that epitomised the dedication and compassion of the RACQ CareFlight crew members that ultimately led to her decision to bequeath. "A pilot was talking to one of the tour groups one day and he cupped his hands together, the size of his hands wouldn't even hold a one-litre bottle of milk, and he said 'when you go out into the country and bring in a neo- natal patient, you're not just bringing in a mother and a baby, you are leaving behind a father and could be leaving behind older siblings'," she said. "That attitude is in all the crew, it's not just one person's way of looking at it. So, that compassion is what did it for me. "When I heard that and saw that, I thought 'gee I'd like to do more', but at my age and on my income, I felt 'what more can I do?' But then the penny dropped -- I could make a bequest." When thinking of ways she could lend financial help to the cause she had become so passionate about, the idea of a bequest appealed to Layne ... a bequest doesn't affect your life now, but it will have a huge meaning to other people's lives one day.