A LONG long time ago in a galaxy that looked eerily similar to the one we live in, a storm trooper set out on his own in a bid to raise much needed funds for a cause close to his heart.
Scott Loxley set out at walk-speed for a journey of discovery and adventure and a lot of arid desert a little more than 18 months ago in an effort to raise funds for the new Monash Children's Hospital being scheduled for unveiling in 2017.
A week before his journey around the country began Scott was preparing to set out on another journey in life, tying the knot with his long-time girlfriend Sally a week before leaving his home in Melbourne.
Although he has been on the road for the first 18 months of their marriage and will not be home for another couple of months, the makeshift Vader lover says married life has treated him well.
"Yeah, she knows I'm always doing something. There was a bit of a conversation that went back and forth a bit (about the timing of the wedding) but yeah, the marriage is going well. We're still together," he laughed.
Despite blasting off as a member of the Imperial fleet and being recognised on the street as "that guy in the stormtrooper suit", Loxley admitted to not being a mega-fan but can remember his first time watching the George Lucas masterpiece.
"I remember my mum and dad took me to the drive-in to see it. It's something you don't forget... My kids have all seen it and you get a new appreciation," he said. Loxley made the stormtrooper suit that he has worn everyday of his journey that has taken him across the Nullarbor, up the West Coast, across the Top End and now back down the East Coast.
He is pushing a modified pram which contains the bare essentials for life on the road and sleeps wherever he can find shelter and has made a point of eating roadkill whenever he can find it. Loxley's adventure has raised almost $60,000 at this stage and he is hoping to get it up to $100,000 by the time he gets back to Melbourne.
He will be in Grafton at the weekend, so stop him in the streets and say hello. And if you're feeling generous make a donation to his makeshift X-wing (stroller).
The force is strong in this one.
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