It may not seem like the most conventional way to generate donations for your favorite charity, but as Scott Loxley says, “Sometimes you got to be a little bit different to make a difference.” For a sweaty 400 days, the 47-year old Australian trekked 15,000 kilometers across the continent, enduring extreme weather conditions and even surviving a poisonous snake bite, all while wearing an elaborate Stormtrooper outfit. With that kind of thinking, this man on a mission was able to raise 100,000 Australian dollars and inspires thousands across the globe.
Loxley, 47, started out on his journey with a goal of raising $100,000 AUD for the Monash Children’s Hospital. On his charity Facebook page Loxley wrote “As a father, if one of my children were hospitalised, I would want them to be cared for by the best staff who have access to the best equipment.” He'd been many things in his lifetime: a solider, policeman, husband, a father to three children. Then he became a Stormtrooper.
On November 2nd, 2013, he left his wife and three children in Melbourne and set off on his nearly two-year journey across the entire continent of Australia.
Over the next 400 days, Loxley would face extreme heat, hunger, dehydration, and a near death experience with a King Brown snake. Despite all his adversaries, Loxley said he was greeted by nothing but kindness and smiles from everyone he encountered while traveling.
The Australian heat was sometimes too much for the Stormtrooper. In an interview Loxley stated, "I get up at four in the morning, I'm on the road by five and I walk for 10 or 15 hours a day just looking at a white line in front of me.” Traveling in the early mornings and night has helped the philanthropist survive the harsh weather conditions.
Loxley had to search for his own food most days spent on the road. Many times, he would only manage to eat every other day, even resorting to eating roadkill and snakes to give him enough energy to continue the trek.
A few months into his journey, the Stormtrooper suit started to fall apart. The suit and helmet soon became weathered and duct tape was the only thing holding it together. "I was really determined to start and finish in the one suit, and I've done that," Loxley said in an interview with ABC News.
Loxley describes the journey as a mental battle. 'I'm constantly arguing with myself - I start questioning it and thinking no one cares and that I'm yesterday's news,” he said, but he knows the mental battle he faced day to day was nothing in comparison to the battles the children at Monash Children’s Hospitals face on a daily basis – so he kept on storming.
After going through countless hardships and pairs of sneakers, Scott finally ended his journey in June of 2015, exceeding his goal of generating $100,00 AUD for the Monash Children's Hospital. The money and awareness he raised will be able to help provide the new hospital with all the state-of-the-art equipment they need.
In the end, Loxley was excited to get home to his family, eat a hot meal, and strip off the Stormtrooper suit for good. Thanks to his dedication and perserverance, thousands of children across Australia are able to recieve better quality health care.