starlight children’s foundation


Whoever thought that waiting in line could be an experience you could be proud of. Just another example of the heartwarming happenings that Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens has spurred, (an advanced screening for a dying fan, Mark Hamill strolling along Hollywood Blvd. as a Stormtrooper for charity, and the tear-jerking story of R2-KT). The Star Wars community is now taking standing in line, one of the most monotonous tasks there is, and making more of their magic out of it. (more…)

If you thought Star Wars couldn’t get any more amazing, well you’re wrong! Paul Jacob French shows all Star Wars fans that geeky passions can be used to make a difference. French, a native Australian, is walking all across Australia in the name of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which aims to help make the lives of ill children and their families more manageable. This trek will take him from Pert to Sydney in a total of over 3,100 miles.

French is hoping to raise $50,000 by the end of his long journey, and he hopes to walk 25 miles per day, 5 days a week and reach Sydney by Christmas. His mission page at Everyday Hero (where you may go and donate if you feel so inclined):

“Over the course of the trek I will cross 4 states and cover approximately 5000km in modified storm trooper armor. The plan for now is to push a lightweight buggy with needed supplies an average distance of 35-40km for 5 days a week until the trek is complete.”

The Mary Sue says that the reason he is walking around in a Stormtrooper outfit is because:

“he is a member of the 501st Legion, an “all-volunteer organization” that seeks to spread the good word aboutStar Wars and everything it entails. They work with a number of charities including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Special Olympics.”

The 501st  Legion has mentioned French otherwise known as TK 6283 on their homepage:

“To prepare for this monumental journey, [French] has already completed the RunMelb Half-Marathon while wearing his Stormtrooper armor, and has been training regularly to complete the cross-country trip.”

If you’d like to help Paul French by either donating or giving him a shoutout, visit Everyday Hero or follow his progress on Twitter at TrooperTrek.