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Starlight Week Zing Pop Culture Epping 3/5

Event: Starlight Week Zing Pop Culture Epping
Location – Pacific Epping Shopping Centre

Date / Time – 3rd of May 2019 / 6pm to 9pm

Weather: Just right

Troopers:
TK-27120 Gascan (Andy)

Report:
Arrived at Zing pop Culture Epping for the evening session, Caught up with the manager for a quick debrief and was able to use the Zing Storeroom to change. There was also a Thor Cosplayer helping out and an artist drawing some cool photos. We mainly stood out at the front of the store shaking tins and take photos with kids and families walking by. All in all a quick an easy troop

Casualties – None
Injuries – None
Happy People – Lots
Mission Status – Complete

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May the 4th Fed Square

Event: May the 4th
Location: Federation Square

Date / Time – May 4th All Day

Weather: Melbourne!
(Sunny, breezy, chilly, and occasionally wet)

Troopers:
Everyone… it would be quicker to list who wasn’t there!!

Plus visiting troopers from
Redback Garrison,
501st Copperhead Outpost,
501st Thylacine Outpost,
Southern Dewback Garrison

Report:

Kicking the day off for an 8am start, the team proceeded to the main stage area for a Live interview on Breakfast TV for Darth Maul (also the author of todays breifing report [emoji6] thanks Boss!) along with a few key support troopers.
A battle cry was put out to the local population to attend, and they did not let us down.

For the subsequent 9 hours, crowds descended on the square for photo after photo with a vast array of amazing Star Wars Characters.

The boss took over the main photo booth area with the support of a couple of his most trusted TKs for the morning. The remaining troopers searched out Rebels, Rebel sympathisers, and took careful note of the youngling training sessions being held throughout the day.

For part of the day, a war damaged X-wing was re-built and allowed some reprive for our troopers. And after a mass group photo and short retirement for a well earned rest in the local watering hole, further crowd control was undertaken to see out the daylight.

On completion of the troop, most troopers were rewarded with an extra extra long walk in preparation for the evenings NEON Run entertainment to end an epic day of trooping!

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Starlight Week Zing Pop Culture 5/5 Epping Troop Report

Event: Starlight Week Zing Pop Culture Epping
Location – Pacific Epping Shopping Centre

Date / Time – 5th of May 2019 / 11am to 2pm

Weather: Nice and cool inside, warmish outside.

Troopers:
TK-27120 Gascan (Andy) + 1 GA
TB33233 Thundercat (Daniel)

Report:
We arrived at Zing pop Culture Epping at 10:30am and were given a change room out back with all the awesome toys and props. After getting changed we made our way to the front of the store shaking tins and waving at the people passing by. Many curious onlookers stopped by for a quick photo and dropped a few coins in our tin. All in all a fun troop.

Casualties – None
Injuries – None
Happy People – Lots
Mission Status – Complete

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Lego Exhibition Fundraiser Troop Report

Event: Lego Exhibition Fundraiser
Location – 215 Bell Street, Preston

Date / Time – 25th of May 2019 / 9am to 12pm

Weather: Nice and cool inside, warmish outside.

Troopers:
TK-27120 Gascan (Andy) + 2 GA
Wrangler:
Veronica

Report:
Arrived as the solo trooper at the Mantra Bell City Hotel at 9am for the early morning sensory session for those kids that are a bit more sensitive. We were given complimentary parking at the hotels underground car park space.
The change room was small but good enough space for the cosplayers to get changed in.
The space was split into 2 areas with Lego on display and a great play area for the kids to try out some lego, took lots of photos and gave out lots of high fives and some money was raised for mental health.

Casualties – None
Injuries – None
Happy People – Lots
Mission Status – Complete

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Zak and Nicks 8th Birthday Troop Report

Event: Zak & Nicks 8th Birthday party (Twins)
Location – Private

Date / Time – 26th of May 2019 / 2pm – 3pm

Weather: Just right

Troopers:
TK-27120 Gascan (Andy)
TB-33233 Thundercat (Daniel)
Report:
We got a last minute call from the Monash Childrens Hospital for a Private Birthday Party for special little boy. We missed out on seeing Zak at the Monash Childrens Hospital as he was getting treatment for his brain cancer, we did however get a photo with his twin brother Nick.
The request was to make an appearance at Zak and Nicks Birthday party which was brought forward as they were unsure whether he would make it much longer.
TK-27120 and TB-33233 made the journey to Zak & Nicks House while they were at a friend house. Zak’s mum confirmed he was having a good day so it was all good to go.
We got changed in one of the spare bedrooms and after a short while the guests started to arrive along with Zak & Nick, we could hear them talking about Stormtroopers and darth vader.
When we opened the door, it caught all of them by surprise including Zak as he knew that we were there for him. We gave them both lightsabers, and a Knightfall garrison patch & coin.
Zak’s kept saying ‘thank you for coming to my birthday party’ …Zak then showed us around his house and his love for dinosaurs, we watched as they build a candy bridge, played some musical games and with Zak looking a bit tired we made our way out and let the family enjoy the rest of the Party, as we left we could see Zak opening his presents and he was really happy. Glad we were able to share a special moment with a special little boy.

Casualties – None
Injuries – None
Happy People – Lots
Mission Status – Complete

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MCH May 3rd Ward Visit Troop Report

Event: Monash Children’s Hospital May 3rd Ward Visit
Location – Monash Children’s Hospital

Date / Time – 3rd of May 2019 / 2pm – 3:30pm

Weather: Overcast and cloudy but warm inside

Troopers:
1. TK-27120 – Gascan (Andy)
2. TK-15671 – TC1138 (Tom)
3. SL-32935 – Brad71 (Brad)

Report:
Trooped arrived at MCH at 1:30pm to get kitted up in a private change room for a 2pm go time.
At 2pm troopers along with a few rebels made their way out to reception to wait for the MCH organiser.
Once the organiser arrived troopers made their way through each ward greeting all the kids, doctors and nurses that wanted photos, troopers also had some cool gifts to give out which made it extra special. Always fun trooping at MCH.

Casualties – None
Injuries – None
Happy People – Lots
Mission Status – Complete

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Good Friday Appeal – Kids Day out 2019 – April 19

Event – Good Friday Appeal – Kids Day out 2019
Location – Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date/time – Friday 19th April
Event Type – Charity/Canon
Weather: Mostly Indoors, but it was nice and sunny outside

Troopers:
TK-3977 Marcus (Marcus)
TI-8473 KayGee (Kristian)
TB – 12590 A.J 1990 (Andrew)
TK-15475 Blackwolf (Mat)
TX-10322 Nanotek (Mark)
CC-75676 KelseyJoy94 (Kelsey)
ID-17575 Tari (Philippa)
ID-27777 Torok (Rudi)
TK-10792 – BrenTK (Brent)
TI-13478 Code Grey (Allan)
TD-18969 – DarthSteveous (Steve)
TI-50972 – Deathstarbaby (Charlotte)
DZ-9697 – DarthCraw (Michael)
TK-2389 – Nirix (Jack
ID-17899 – Chrystal (Chrystal)
TD-50586 – Grunta86 (Grant)
SL-13879 – Grayus (Joel)
TK-16119 – Nevafear (Shane)
ID–11684 – Kellee (Kellee)
CB-2997 – Fish (James)
ID-81293 – Brad93 (Brad)
TI-27120 – Gascan (Andy)
CT-26262 – Dwarfy (Cameron)
ID-27272 – Starbuck (Kara)
TB-9735 – Disneygirl (Merrilea)
TK-8503 – Duncs (Duncan)
TI-22300 – Kitty (Paul)
TB-3198 – Trigger Happy (Jarrod)
DS-24889 – AndyCam (Andrew)
TK-8973 – Warhammer6R (Tim)
Alex –
TI-33625 – Christhepropguy (Chris)
TK-6673 – Hamish (Sean)
TK-7685 – Dark and Stormy (Bobby)
TX-10346 – RageQuite (Geoff)
TB-72822 – Dragon_a (Tony)
CC-71851 – CTMac (Greg)
TX-10343 – Wallace2499 (Dylan)
Kim Steer

Overview – Well what a huge day this was. Knightfall Garrison members arrived at MCEC early in the morning and were shown to the change room we would share with all other costumers for the day, and in the end it got pretty cramped, so many costumers where there! It’s great to see so many people give up their time for a great cause. Anyway, as we got kittted up we were sent out in roving groups of 6-8 troopers at a time, rattle tins in hand, to mingle with the public, take loads of pics, and entertain kids both big and small.

My day – After kitting up I went out on an early patrol with 7 other troopers where we came across little Oliver, GFA’s poster child for this appeal, and an official photographer, who asked if he could take some pics of us with Oliver… “Of course! Would be our pleasure!”. In the end the photo made it into the Herald Sun…
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After the impromptu photo session with Oliver we resumed our patrolling where we were stopped by the Victorian Minister for Health who wanted a pic with us too. She thanked and praised us (and the garrison as a whole) for our efforts, letting us know that we were greatly appreciated. How nice!
The rest of the morning was spent patrolling, with short breaks taken in our change room to recharge. Knightfall Garrison and Rebel Legion members gathered together at 1pm for our group photos on a staircase in a quieter part of MCEC.
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Once the pics were taken I de-kitted for a lunch break and a rest. Feeling recharged I donned my TK suit once more and headed on patrol again, where the following pics of Andrew and I were taken…
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The owner of the VW beetle was quite excited to take our pic with his car, saying it and our armour looked alike, lol.

So we trooped into the late afternoon, doing what we do best.. taking lots of pics and putting lots of smiles on faces… Little kids, big kids, young & old, and all for a great cause. I know I went home exhausted, I’m sure it was the same for each and every trooper.

Well done everybody!

Casualties – None
Injuries – None
Happy People – Thousands!
Mission Status – Complete

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Troop Report – Joshy’s Farewell Service (Mr. Braveheart)

EVENT: Joshy’s Farewell Service (Mr. Braveheart)

LOCATION: Williamstown Town Hall

DATE/TIME: 16 May 2019, 2pm

EVENT TYPE: Community

LANDSCAPE/WEATHER: Indoor

TROOPERS:

TK-27120 Gascan (Andy)
CT-71857 CT Mac (Greg)

Wrangler: SL-32935 brad71 (Brad)

REPORT:

Josh (Mr. Braveheart) recently lost his battle with brain cancer. Knightfall Garrison was asked to be present at his funeral service in Williamstown alongside members of the Geelong Cosplay Society. We arrived early and geared up before the service began. Brad (SL-32935) is a close friend of Josh’s family so he attended out-of-costume and doubled as wrangler for the day.

Before the service began we took up position and Andy (TK-27120) had the honour of acting as a pallbearer alongside members of the Geelong Cosplay Society. With the casket delivered to the front of the hall, we all took up position at the back of the hall as the service began. Many touching tributes, photos and videos were shown of Josh’s life and the battles he and his family faced.

As the service ended, all the costumed characters were called to the front. We handed out red balloons to all those in attendance as the casket was delivered outside to the waiting hearse. The service ended with a symbolic releasing of all the balloons into the atmosphere as the funeral procession departed.

May Josh rest in peace.

MISSION STATUS: Complete

REPORT BY: CT-71857

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MMG Gala Night – 24th of May

Event – MMG Gala Night
Location – Lakeside Receptions, 65 Melton Highway Taylors Lakes
Date/time – 24th of May 2019 (Friday)
Event Type – Charity
Weather: Indoors!

Troopers:
Andy ‘Gascan’ TK-27120
Mat ‘Blackwolf’ TK-15475

Report: Andy and I arrived at Lakeside Receptions pretty early and got a quick rundown of what the band leader wanted us to do for our appearance that evening. We were soon joined by two Rebels, Kelly & Josh. The 4 of us were given the reception room next door to the main reception room where the nights festivities were taking place, which was a nice surprise for me as this was the very reception room I had for my wedding! Brought back sooo many memories :)

So Andy, Kelly, Josh, and myself got changed (pretty much in the dark as they didnt turn the lights on for us) and waited for us to be called over to the main room. And we waited. And then we waited some more. After that? There was more waiting. After what seemed an eternity, we were finally given the green light.

The MMG’s band were playing a variety of songs, and wanted us for their little Star Wars medley. It started with a voice over, many voices from the films, all good guys etc, at which point the Rebels entered the room as if they were being chased, hunted down by the empire. At the sound of Darth Vader our 2 rebels beat a hasty retreat out of the room, at which point Andy and I in our TK suits escorted the bands conductor out on stage. We stood guard on either side of the band while they played their Star Wars Medley which lasted about two and half minutes. Once complete Andy and I marched back out of the room. And that was that!

We had agreed to hang around for 40 odd minutes afterwards for photos, but the band still had another song or two to play, and then there was about 30 minutes of speeches, after which the MC announced we would hang around for photos, so we had to wait a while before people came out for photos, but eventually they came flocking to get pics with us all. Once the flow of guests coming for photos stopped we packed up and called it a night.

Casualties – None
Injuries – None
Happy People – about 250
Mission Status – Complete

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Statistics: Posted by Blackwolf — Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:04 am — Replies 1 — Views 32


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