For nearly forty years, Star Wars has been inspiring fans to fight the good fight, and now with the continuation of the franchise in the upcoming Episode VII, Disney and Lucasfilm are bringing that attitude out into the real world.
Force For Change is a new charity started by the studio to raise money for UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), an organization which works to try and improve the lives of children in developing nations. The first major fundraiser by Force For Change gave one fan an incredible opportunity - to be on the set, and in a scene in Episode VII!
Obviously, with a prize like this, it was no surprise that the campaign was an instant success, and now that the deadline has closed, they have been able to announce the staggering amount raised.
Star Wars: Force for Change raised $4,261,410 USD for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Donations were received via fundraising platform Omaze from citizens of 125 countries and enough money was donated to fund the equivalent of 7-8 new UNICEF Innovation Labs.
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.
As a thank you for the massive support and all the donations, JJ Abrams sent the fans a thank-you note via twitter. (For anyone doing the math, Disney also contributed a million, making the total actually $5,261,410.)
First of all, it's awesome to see yet another director getting in on all the gratitude going around the nerd-verse lately - check out these other amazing thank-you letters!
More importantly - the thank you here isn't just in the note itself! You know that he would not include any random elements, so whose arm is that!?!? This could be a random droid (after all, if there is one thing that the Star Wars universe isn't short of, it's droids!), but it could also be Luke's robotic arm! I wonder though, I would assume that maybe technology would have moved forward enough to give him more of a semblance of a human hand - C3PO has more aesthetically pleasing digits! So is this a new droid - perhaps a C3PO-type for the younger characters? Or is this something else entirely - a character who is not yet fully built?
What do you think this thank-you note is hinting at?