Royce shines a light on cancer
Royce Norton wants to raise $10,000 before next year's relay for life and he's prepared to go all the way - if all the way means donning a frilly skirt and boob tube that flashes different colours along with a bright pink wig.
At this year's event he also went in drag, it was a bit of fun but started to get him plenty of donations.
To top that effort, Royce has enlisted the help of a Chinese costume manufacturer and gone high-tech for 2014.
It's not unusual for the LED and Solar manager to use bright lights, but this costume is one step further.
The custom-made outfit came with a remote control so you can choose flashing lights that alternate or keep the one colour.
"I'm very passionate. I've lost family to cancer," he said.
Royce, 58, said he was also back on the road driving the big rigs after taking a break with the LED and Solar.
He was a truck driver for 38 years before that.
Swapping the stubbies and thongs for a shining frock is all in a day's work for this hard working Gold Coast-based truckie.
Last year he raised $1900. This year he's already raised $1500 and has thousands more coming.
And he's confident he will get to $10,000.
"Every relay team has to have a female impersonator. It started with a couple of guys saying I'll give you $200 to put on a skirt, then $100 for a pink bra."
As the money started to roll in Royce didn't mind wearing the costume in the relay.
He had plenty of friends as everyone wanted their picture taken with him and that was another opportunity to raise money for Cancer research.
Royce's only dilemma now is finding shoes that match his outfit.
You see the relay for life involves walking around a 400m course all night long from 4pm to 7am the next morning and he doesn't think high heels will be kind to his feet.
But he doesn't mind, he's dedicated.
"We lost another good truck driver to cancer on the weekend. I don't care I would run down the street naked if they gave me enough money for cancer research."
He said some Relay for Life participants walked the whole relay, while others alternated.
Royce thanked everyone who had already donated and who would donate to the "very worthy cause".
"We need to find a way to stop this terrible disease and your donation no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated and will help find a way. I am like nearly every person in Australia that has been hit by this terrible disease in one way or another so please dig into your pockets and donate. Thanks," he said.
The Relay for Life that Royce will be participating in will be held on March 22, 2014.
He will be walking as part of the Crossfit Personal Best team from Nerang.
To help Royce and donate to the cause head to http://www.relayforlife.org.au/ then click on sponsor a team or individual to the right, pick Qld and 2014 then search for an individual and type in Royce Norton.
His page will come up and you can find information on how to donate.
See the video of the flashy outfit at bigrigs.com.au