Every now and then, the people behind the “Star Wars” franchise take time away from that galaxy far, far away to do some good on our own planet. They work with charity organisation Omaze to help certain groups in need. This time, the cast and crew of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” have come together for the next instalment of “Star Wars: Force For Change”. Stars Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill today posted a video inviting fans to take part, where the big carrots comprise three awesome, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including an overnight stay at the legendary Skywalker Ranch. Their interactions were obviously filmed separately and gets a little cheesy, but it’s all for a good cause so it’s excusable.
And here’s the full press release…
“Star Wars: Force for Change, in collaboration with Omaze, will launch the Star Wars “Past, Present and Future” fundraising campaign to benefit UNICEF and Starlight Children’s Foundation. The campaign is themed around the timeless appeal of Star Wars, with experiences inspired by the saga’s past, present, and future. Lucky winners will receive prizes, like the chance to appear in the upcoming Han Solo movie, tickets to the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, or, an overnight stay at the fabled Skywalker Ranch. Check out the campaign video with Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill below!
Over the course of four weeks between April 11 and May 11, 2017, fans may enter at Omaze.com/StarWars for a chance to win these once-in-a-lifetime Star Wars experiences, with each week bringing a new prize to be awarded to a randomly-selected winner. Additionally, at the end of the campaign, one randomly-selected grand prize winner will be awarded all three amazing experiences.
Starlight Children’s Foundation is joining Star Wars: Force for Change as the initiative’s newest charity beneficiary in 2017. Through a $1 million grant, Star Wars: Force for Change supports the foundation’s core programs which are designed to bring comfort and joy and comfort to hospitalized kids through Starlight’s network of more than 700 children’s hospitals, clinics, camps and other partners across the US. Star Wars: Force for Change and fan donations through this campaign will also provide new Starlight programs, like fun, comfortable Star Wars-themed Starlight Brave Gowns, to tens of thousands of hospitalized children across the country.
Since 2014, Star Wars: Force for Change and UNICEF have joined together to help improve the lives of children around the world. With the support of Star Wars fans, the collaboration has raised more than $9 million to help the world’s most vulnerable children. To date, Star Wars: Force for Change has helped UNICEF save the lives of over 30,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition through the distribution of over 4 million packets of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food Packets (RUTF) around the world.
“In a year that we celebrate 40 years of the Star Wars saga, I continue to be inspired by the incredible generosity and charitable efforts of our fans,” said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “We are so proud of their tireless dedication to positively impact the lives of children and others around the world, and hope this year’s Force For Change campaign will offer a few of those wonderful fans an experience they will never forget.”
Star Wars “Past, Present, and Future” Winner Experiences:
· Past – Stay at Skywalker Inn, tour of the archives & the Ranch, and a screening of Star Wars: A New Hope
· Present – Join the cast and attend the Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiere and exclusive after party
· Future – Visit the set, meet the directors and have the chance to appear in the untitled Han Solo movie
· Grand Prize – One winner will receive the Past, Present AND Future prizes!
Fans are encouraged to follow the campaign at Omaze.com/StarWars for exclusive updates each week.”