Yeah, Star Wars: The Force Awakens made a ridiculous amount of money (over $2 billion) at the worldwide box office. And you might see that number and roll your eyes, “Great. The rich just get richer.”
We can’t argue with that, but the brilliant folks at Lucasfilm have not only been using the popularity of the Star Wars franchise to put more money in their bank accounts, they have also used the worldwide success to raise money for several worthy causes.
Their most recent campaign was revealed this week. The Star Wars: Force for Change campaign has announced a new contest, which gives fans the opportunity to win a trip to Skellig Michael, the location of the final scene in The Force Awakens.
Starting today (April 5) Force for Change will match the donations of Star Wars fans to four select charities up to $1,000,000.
“This month-long campaign will lead up to ‘Star Wars Day’ on May the 4th. The four select charities include the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF Kid Power, American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Make-A-Wish.”
Fans are able to donate through CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange, and if you donate at least $10, you’ll have the chance to win that trip of a lifetime to Ireland. There is also a “first week challenge” going on right now. The first 20 fans to donate or raise at least $500 could win a Blu-ray of the Force Awakens signed by the cast of the film.
Even if you’re not a Star Wars fan, drop a $10 spot on this and if you win, give the trip to someone who is a fan. Can you imagine all the good that would be coming back to you?
Freshly baked cookies would just start appearing at your doorstep.