MD community mourns the loss of Peter Doutch a valued volunteer of MDA
“It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Mr Peter Doutch in the tragic ultralight plane accident, he will be truly missed within the Muscular Dystrophy community as he was a fantastic volunteer for over 15 years,” said Muscular Dystrophy Australia’s Executive Director, Boris M Struk.
“Peter, or as we affectionately dubbed him ‘Mr Karaoke’, was a fantastic soul who volunteered at more than 25 respite camps for children with MD, CampMDA, as the host of a wonderful karaoke night.”
Mr Doutch was flying the ultralight plane over Tyabb on the Mornington Peninsula on Sunday 27 April around 5.20pm when crisis ensued and the plane crashed, leaving the only other passenger his 5-year-old daughter, Emily, in a critical condition. Mr Doutch was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The whole MD community and all of us who had the pleasure of knowing Peter have a heavy heart knowing what a great person we have all lost, he was always the first to lend a hand or crack a joke to make you smile,” said Mr Struk.
“One of the heartwarming memories I will always remember is how at our Karaoke Party nights Peter would, without fail, always find the time to sing Ronan Keating’s love song ‘W hen you say nothing at all’ to his beautiful wife Sue.”
“Years ago I asked Peter why he came to CampMDA and he likened the experience to helping just one of a thousand little turtles washed up on the beach, by helping just one find its way back in the water you know you made a huge difference its life. Although you may not be able to save them all, you can make a difference to one at least.”
“On behalf of myself and the MD community, we offer our deepest condolences to Sue and her family at this sorrowful time,” said Mr Struk.
Photo credit: The Age newspaper online
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