For all those big hearts who supported me all the way through this, you should take a big pat on the back. The Starlight Foundation fundraising drive today raised a little over the total amount raised for the entire week combined.
Today's event was nothing short of amazing. The kids had an absolute blast and I reckon more than a few adults got a bit giddy too. Good to see the innocence coming out in everyone. There were smiles, screams, joyful outbursts, lots of high-fives and fist bumps, a few cuddles, some frightened crying, questions about flight capabilities and jaws on the ground.
At one point, three S.H.I.E.L.D looking security guards escorted for a full length walk of the shopping centre, stopping for photos with many along the way. Shop keepers and customers all came running out, I photobombed a poor bloke getting his hair-cut and popped over the rail, looking down into the food court a level down. Many exclamations from down there when that happened.
The suit was comfortable for the most part, with a couple of friction spots becoming apparent after time. I was hot, but we all knew that was going to be the case. No surprises there. However, once I got wet enough through the undersuit, i was actually self-cooling pretty well. Spent three hours in the suit, with two ten minute breaks spaced apart for some water and a couple of sweet lollies.
Very glad to get the suit off at the end, but what an experience!
There were a couple of good learning experiences with some of the wiring, a couple of the soft-parts of the suit coming unstuck, (no biggy) and the voice changer stopped working about half-way through. The good thing now is that I have some time to refine these things without the rush of a deadline.
Oh, and keep your eye on the Today show tomorrow morning channel Nine around 8:27am.
Video coming soon.