Events are heating up for our troopers!

The excitement generated by the pending release of a new Star Wars movie, combined with spring activities heralded in by the warmer weather and the lead up to the festive season, means the Southern Cross Garrison are being kept busy across the state with numerous appearances.

Our members attended five events, referred within The Legion as “troops”, over the weekend.

Relay for Life Goulburn

Wearing black didn’t dissuade Darth Vader and his accompanying Reserve Pilot from participating in Relay for Life in the warm spring weather at Eastgrove Park, Goulburn last Saturday.

Photo credit: Paul Anderson

The pair were joined by the crowd-pleasing astromech, R2-D2, for a morning of photos, an interview with Radio 2GN, and some refreshing ice creams.

Photo credit: Paul Anderson

Eleebana Public School Spring Fair

The group, consisting of an Imperial Officer, a Jawa and a Stormtrooper, made their way through the school grounds where they were greeted by many Star Wars fans asking for photos.

Photo credit: Luke Goura

The trooper took an opportunity at the ring-tossing game to disprove the myth that Stormtroopers can't hit anything.

Photo credit: Suzan Allan

Marayong Heights Public School Spring Fete

Combining efforts with the Rebel Legion, a Southern Cross Garrison Stormtrooper accompanied Chewbacca, Poe Dameron and Scorch to the Marayong Heights Public School spring fete in Western Sydney on Saturday.

Photo credit: Joshua King

Making their way to the main quad the group positioned themselves for photos with excited children and their equally excited parents.

The Stormtrooper helped spin the large prize wheel on stage before being greeted by some mischievous Minions.

Children's Hospital fundraiser, Ballina

Stationed at Ballina Fair Shopping Centre, a deployment of two Stormtrooper, a Sandtrooper and an Imperial Crewman were lead by Darth Vader to help raise funds for the Children's Hospital.

Photo credit: Ryan Dalley

The event started with photos with supermarket staff before the group proved popular with customers within the thoroughfare of the shopping centre, resulting in over $400 being raised.

Photo credit: Ryan Dalley

If you're interested in learning how you can participate in similar community events, visit our Join us page for further information. If you would like the 501st Legion to visit your event, use our online Request an appearance form.