The Redback Garrison is part of the 501st Legion. The 501st Legion is a worldwide organisation with over 10,000 active members in over 47 countries. Its members are Star Wars enthusiasts that raise money for charity dressed in costumes portraying the “bad guys” from the Star Wars movies. The 501st Legion is George Lucas’ preferred costuming group.
Based in Queensland Australia, The Redback Garrison was formed in December 2009 and has been growing steadily ever since. We have over 130 members covering our large state from the Gold Coast to Townsville and out towards Toowoomba. The majority of troopers are based in south east corner of Queensland.
The Redback Garrison has one of the most eclectic collections of screen accurate Star Wars costumes in the world. More often than not you will find Darth Vader, Boba Fett or even The Emperor marching side by side with Imperial Stormtroopers, ready to represent the Empire and raise money for our chosen charities.
Since our formation we have attended many iconic Queensland charity events. These include The Bridge to Brisbane, MS Moonwalk, Relay 4 Life, The Carnival of Flowers and our largest event the Star Wars Dreamworld Weekend. We also visit children in hospital on a regular basis to boost their spirits and spread a bit of joy on what is normally a tough time for the children and their families.
The Redback Garrison is a volunteer organisation with 100% of all funds we raise, being donated to the charity we are collecting money for. We are very happy to have close links and great working relationship with many charities across Queensland. In particular we help The Starlight Foundation a lot due to our work in the children wards. Other charities we help are the Cancer Council, Red Cross Blood Bank, MS Society and Downe Syndrome Society to name a few. As a group though we are always willing to help all that are in need and do not limit ourselves to who we raise monies for.
So if you ever need a hand The Redback Garrison will be there for you.
“We are the bad guys doing good.”
CREATIVE DISORDER exclusive – with Aaron Sharp | 501st Legion
This was the moment when Darth Vader made our Photographer ‘Mind Blank’ and pass out ! so no more photos ………………………………