Harrison Ford has joined in with the “Star Wars: Force for Change” charity initiative in a new and surprising way. This charity initiative began last year with offers of a chance to appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in exchange for donations. It was met with wild success and has continued again into this year, with even more rewards for donations.
This year’s charity initiative included a grand prize of tickets for two lucky winners to the Star Wars premiere in London. This is an all-inclusive trip that includes the opportunity to walk down the red carpet and attend the after party with the entire cast in attendance.
Harrison Ford joined Omaze in announcing a few of the winners so far. While the Omaze crew did a video call with some of the donors from the past, Mr. Ford nonchalantly walked into the chat to surprise these fans in order to announce their new charity campaign.
“The reason we’re calling you is because we’re announcing a new campaign, and this time there are going to be two grand prize winners,” Harrison told those on the call. “Each of them will get four tickets. You get to walk the red carpet, go to the after party, meet the cast… Does that sound good?”
Of course, this announcement was met with excitement and anticipation from some of Star Wars’ biggest fans. There’s no doubt that these generous people will donate to the cause again.
“Thank you very much for donating last time,” Ford said on each individual call. “We raised over $4 million for great causes, and we’re hoping to repeat it this time.”
Based on the success last time and the viral quality of this video, it’s likely that the cause will continue to thrive.
The video ended with Ford inviting viewers all over the world to donate to the charities.
“Now it’s your turn,” he said straight into the camera. “Join me and the rest of the cast in supporting some remarkable causes. For your chance to attend the red carpet premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, go to Omaze.com to enter.”
The great part about this campaign is everyone has a chance to win the grand prize. By donating $10 or more, every donor will be entered to win the grand prize and feel good about donating to a worthy cause.
Like last year, all of the donations will be split between 15 charities chosen by J.J. Abrams and the cast. Star Wars: The Force Awakens director expressed his excitement for this new campaign in a press statement.
“A year and a half ago, we launched a brand new initiative called Star Wars: Force for Change that aims to inspire all of us to make a positive difference in the world. If you were among those who originally donated, thank you. But if you missed out, here’s your chance to join us. My favorite part: instead of benefiting just one cause, this time each member of the cast has nominated a cause they’re passionate about.”
Many members of the cast specifically put in a nomination for a cause that they support wholeheartedly. Here’s the full list of the charities and their nominators.
Africa Cancer Foundation: Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata)
Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF): Adam Driver (Kylo Ren)
Phab: Daisy Ridley (Rey)
Damilola Taylor Trust: John Boyega (Finn)
Barnardo’s UK: Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke)
Central London Samaritans: Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
fStop Warrior Project: Harrison Ford (Han Solo)
Feeding America: Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker)
Make-A-Wish: Peter Mayhew (Chewbadca)
Malala Fund: J.J. Abrams (Director)
Pacer: Carrie Fisher (Leia)
St. Francis Hospice, Raheny: Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux)
The Circle: Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma)
UNICEF: Kathleen Kennedy (Producer)
Union of Concerned Scientists: Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron)
The December 18 premiere is looming for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and this initiative has already gained a lot of traction and donations.