Despite what George Lucas and his Star Wars franchise would have you believe, not all stormtroopers are evil. At least their costumes aren’t.
Case in point: On July 17, Jacob French launched his own Troopertrek 2011 to raise funds for Australia’s Starlight Children’s Foundation. His mission: to raise $50,000 (AUD) by walking from Perth to Sydney while wearing a stormtrooper’s uniform.
“Over the course of the trek I will cross 4 states and cover approximately 5000km's in modified stormtrooper armour,” he announced on his February 16th blog, www.everydayhero.com.au.
“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.”
As of yesterday (August 4), French had raised $15,671.10 AUD in online donations for his campaign.
But French, a.k.a. Stormtrooper “TK-6283,” also acknowledged he was symbolically representing a much bigger organization: “The 501st Legion,” also known as “Vader’s Fist,” a worldwide collective of volunteer Star Wars fans that attend charitable events, sci-fi conventions, visit children in hospitals and attend other social mixers dressed in costume (http://www.501st.com/index.php.)
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