As the full-time siren was about to sound, Maree ‘Johnny’ Walker (27) was one-minute away from her netball team – the Dillygafs – winning last Thursday nights Rockhampton game. That was until Maree, 40 seconds away from cracking her first UDL of the night, mis-stepped and tore her ACL resulting in an operation on her left knee and six weeks worth of rehab. It was during her first day of rehab though that Maree made a life-changing decision.
“I limped into the hospital and sat down in the waiting room and within 10 minutes, my life was different,” said Maree. “It was unexpected too. I was just watching daytime television and it just so happened that the first three ads were all about funeral insurance. And the next 20 ads, followed by an ad about income protection, then another 37 ads about funeral insurance. For some inexplicable reason – like a premonition of something – I just felt this sudden urge to get funeral insurance.”
Calling the insurance companies on the spot, Maree was lucky enough to get herself funeral insurance for around the years 2080-2090, for both her and her non-existent family.
“Yeah I’m not married, don’t have any kids, or a boyfriend even, but I felt I owed it to my future family so they don’t feel burdened with my funeral costs,” said Maree.
With such an immediate and pressing worry out of the way, Maree can now focus on getting back onto the netball court as fast as possible. Until then, she plans to celebrate her recent purchase with a UDL or two – or seven.