Date: Friday, 13th February, 2009
Venue: Poolrite Equipment, Queensland.
Time: 0900 – 1500
Mission: Collect Donations for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal, Seek Out Rebels and enforce Imperial Order.
The element of surprise was essential for this troop. I snuck into the building via the side entrance, while some Empire sympathisers created a diversion with Krispy Kreme Donuts. It took serious focus to avoid the box of fresh iced donuts…
Once I was suitably attired, I ventured forth to make my presence known to the locals. Many of the employees were shocked and excited to see me – most of whom cheerfully filled my collection tin with generous donations. Those that weren’t so generous were threatened or arrested.
At one point, it seemed the locals needed a little help. I aided their Warehousing and Sales departments, before fielding some IT Support calls. Their ‘Complaints Department’ has never been so efficient – or so quiet…
A few local businesses, upon hearing that I was in the neighbourhood, persuaded me to visit them by offering substantial donations to the cause. I was humbled and, for the first time in my life, left totally speachless.
I didn’t anticipate the overwhelming support and joy that I was met with. I still cant quite believe just how generous the public has been. Some of the folk today have been personally affected by the Bushfires – many of the staff have relatives and family members in the Bushfire area. They shared their stories with me, as they stuffed large amounts of money into my donation tin.
Today, I am proud to be an Australian Trooper. I am proud of the way this community have rallied around those less fortunate. I am proud, humbled, and awed to state that $24,596.80 was put in my tin for the victims of the Victoria Bushfires.
Even as I type out this brief mission report, donations are still being stuffed into my tin.
Injuries:Very few, for a change. Some minor armour bites to the left arm. May be worth shortening the left shoulder bell strap.
Malfunctions: My right hand guard fell off – twice. Will need to reinforce the velcro with some elastic strapping.
Public Incidents: A few vehicles showed their support by flashing their lights and honking their audible notification systems.
An overwhelming success.