When J.J. Abrams first took the director’s chair for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he announced a charity campaign for UNICEF called Star Wars: Force For Change. Disney kicked in $1 million to get the campaign started, and through the direct donation program, Abrams and company were able to raise an additional $4.26 million…you could say it was a HUGE success.
Well, J.J. and Disney are back again with Star Wars: Force For Change with an online charity auction where fans can bid on Iconic stormtrooper helmets decorated by artists from around the world. The helmets are up for bid today, Star Wars Day, May the 4th.
From the official press release by Disney and Lucasfilm:
"“The 10-day auction will kick off today and give bidders the chance to compete for these one-of-a-kind stormtrooper helmets at a starting price of $5.04. Lucasfilm has donated the helmets to U.S. Fund for UNICEF. U.S. Fund for UNICEF will receive 100% of the final auction sales price for each helmet and will direct these funds to support UNICEF Kid Power, an innovative new program that uses the world’s first Wearable-For-Good to get kids active and provide lifesaving food packets to children in need around the globe.”"
If you want to participate in the eBay stormtrooper Helmet Auction, and let’s face it, you’d be silly NOT to do so, then go to the link below:
Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, and producer on The Force Awakens, talked briefly about how the Star Wars movies have inspired people to do good and help others. She went on to say that she and Lucasfilm/Disney were grateful that the Star Wars fan community has been so generous with both their time and efforts on behalf of the charity.
Force For Change is an wonderful charity to get involved with, especially if you are a Star Wars fan, as you can take personal pride in something that has made such a huge difference in your life, that can now turn-around and help others in need.
Here is a sampling of the pieces you can bid on:
Personally, I’m partial to the Edwin Solorzano piece featuring the Sith-like stormtrooper in red and black…but maybe that’s just because I’m all Sith at heart. The Lucas bust is the stuff from which nightmare fuel is made, but the Ben Lane figure, directly above is actually very cool, and I could see that sitting on my desk, or bookshelf…oh well, I guess I better get bidding, and so should you!