You might be surprised to know that Captain America wears Doc Martens.
“They’re really good shoes, they just give me that more realistic height,” the “cap” says pointing to his black boots.
The superhero’s alias Bernie Viemeier, of Raymond Terrace, is a postman, student, and ex-serviceman. Mr Viemeier is also a dedicated volunteer.
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“If I’m not studying or delivering the mail this is sort of where my times is,” he said while holding his, reportedly, unbreakable shield.
The former RAAF airman leads a contingent of superhero enthusiasts who don their capes for a good cause.
Mr Viemeier, his partner, Sarah Booth, and the couple’s friends decided to start a “cosplay” group in August 2018 dedicated to helping others.
The crew of Amazonian warriors, animal-human crossovers and men of steel spend most of their time visiting sick children in hospital wards.
“We pretty much do anything community related or where we can kind of help out,” Mr Viemeier said.
“Normally it’s for anyone doing any sort of fundraising or hospital visits. We have done a few birthday parties but they were for kids going through chemo.”
The group, aptly named the Hunter Heroes, has traveled as far south as Melbourne and north to Brisbane to fulfill their mission of bringing happiness to others.
It was after a visit in Brisbane, Ms Booth said, that she realised the impact a “nice gesture” could have.
“Spiderman went into a room and this little girl hadn’t spoken a word for three days,” Ms Booth said.
“And when he went into the ward this little girl just started laughing and conversing with him and interacting.
“It still gives me tingles and I wasn't even in the room.”
The Hunter Heroes attend up to three or four events a week, mostly in the Hunter region. Mr Viemeier has been trying to expand the group’s membership, and collection of costumes, to keep up with demand.
Mr Viemeier, the first nominee for the title of Hunter Water Hunter Hero in 2018, said coordinating volunteers was a big job.
He said he and Ms Booth, who are also volunteer firefighters, get “a lot” out of emulating the qualities of their chosen heroes.
“Captain America’s always trying to do his best. It just kind of gave me a personal goal: to be a bit more caring about others, to think more and be a bit more selfless,” Mr Viemeier said.
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Ms Booth, who is currently serving in the military, said she “loves” portraying strong female characters.
“Little girls and boys, they kind of go, wow, you can be big and strong. It doesn’t matter who you are.”