Star Wars: Force For Change Raises $4.26 million For UNICEF
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.11.2014
A huge total sum for the initiative...
The Star Wars: Force for Change initiative came off as quite the success in terms of raising money for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). UNICEF and Lucasfilm announced today that the drive has raised $4.26 million for the organization, which is enough to support the equivalent of 7-8 new UNICEF Innovation Labs.
The drive asked for donations with a chance to win unique awards and prizes. The grand price winner was D.C. Barns of Denver, Colorado; he won a trip to London for himself and a guest, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Star Wars set and involvement on-camera in a scene for the upcoming film. You can see a video showing Barns being told of his victory below.
The announcement noted that Disney had committed an additional $1 million to support the drive's launch.
UNICEF's current network of 14 Innovation Labs help create sustainable solutions to critical issues facing children around the world in the areas of nutrition, water, health, and education. The funds raised through Star Wars: Force for Change will impact the lives of children around the world, through projects like MobiStation, a portable, solar-powered educational kit to ensure children have access to quality learning anywhere, and Rapid FTR (Family Tracing and Reunification), a mobile phone application that helps reunite separated and unaccompanied children with their families in natural disasters.