As the wise Yoda once said, “my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is.”
‘Star Wars’ fans have just proved their Jedi Master right by raising $4,261,410 for children in need around the world.
The donations were part of the ‘Star Wars: Force for Change’ contest to benefit UNICEF’s Innovation Labs. Fans exchanged donations to the cause for a chance to win posters, t-shirts, scripts autographed by the upcoming ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ director J.J. Abrams and, the biggest prize of them all: a chance to be in the next ‘Star Wars’ movie.
At the end of the contest, Disney, who now owns the rights to the ‘Star Wars’ franchise, made a $1 million donation, bringing the total raised to over $5 million.
As for the big winner (in addition to the kids that will benefit for the dollars raised), his name is D.C. Barns, a self proclaimed fan of ‘Star Wars’ since the first one came out in 1977. He will be flown to London, where most of ‘Episode VII’ is being filmed and put in full make up and wardrobe for a cameo in the highly anticipated movie. You can watch his priceless response to the announcement in the video below.
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ is expected to hit theaters on December 18, 2015.