Saturday, May 24, 2014

Force for Change!

Star Wars Fans, here's your chance to enter the 'Force for Change' contest, where you not only get a chance to benefit UNICEF, but you also get a chance to win a spot in Star Wars: Episode VII.  It's a fun initiative, with a great cause, and a dandy prize package for one lucky winner too.


FANS HAVE A CHANCE TO BE IN STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

J.J. Abrams Announces “Force for Change” Campaign to Benefit
UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and Programs

Beginning Today, Visit Omaze.com/StarWars to Enter for a Chance to Win 

LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 21, 2014 — Today in a special video message from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams announced the creation of Star Wars: Force for Change, a brand new Star Wars initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm in collaboration with Bad Robot dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world's biggest problems. The first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and its innovative programs that are benefitting the world’s most vulnerable children. 

Disney has committed US $1 million to support the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change. Fans can now contribute directly at Omaze.com/StarWars for a chance to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. For each $10 contribution made through the Omaze fundraising platform, eligible participants will be automatically entered for a chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The campaign runs from 12:01am PST on May 21stth until 11:59pm PST July 18th.



The Star Wars: Force for Change Grand Prize includes:
·         Airfare and accommodations to London for one winner and a guest
·         Behind-the-scenes access on the closed set of Star Wars: Episode VII as VIP guests of J.J. Abrams
·         Winner will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast
·         Winner and their guest will then be transformed by makeup and costume teams into a Star Wars character and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII

"The Star Wars fans are some of the most passionate and committed folks around the globe,” says director J.J. Abrams. “We’re thrilled to offer a chance to come behind the scenes as our VIP guests and be in Star Wars: Episode VII. We’re even more excited that by participating in this campaign, Star Wars fans will be helping children around the world through our collaboration with UNICEF Innovation Labs and projects."

Star Wars continues to inspire generations of dreamers and doers to use their creativity to accomplish great things. Star Wars and Lucasfilm were built on the belief that in uniting creativity with innovation, you can make the impossible possible.

“The Star Wars films were made through George Lucas's adventurous combination of technology and creativity,” says Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “We wanted to honor and carry on that positive spirit as we start production on Episode VII and use Star Wars to make a difference in the world. Star Wars: Force for Change will help us do that, letting us give back to the fans who keep Star Wars alive, and raising much-needed funds for programs like UNICEF's Innovation Labs.”

By pledging support for Star Wars: Force for Change, fans are helping UNICEF create a brighter tomorrow for kids and families around the world. Through its global network of Innovation Labs, UNICEF helps create sustainable solutions to major issues facing children in the areas of nutrition, water, health, and education. The Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will help fund innovative, life-changing projects in communities around the globe.

"UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories  to help the world’s most vulnerable children and young people identify solutions and create change,” says Christopher Fabian, UNICEF Senior Advisor on Innovation and co-Lead of the Innovation Unit. “We work together with the greatest technologists and designers of our time to create open-source solutions that help millions of people. The support from Star Wars: Force for Change will help to bind these innovators together on a mission to solve the world’s most pressing problems, and create a better future.”

Visit StarWars.com/ForceForChange to learn more about this new charitable initiative and the work of UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and programs, and be sure to enter through contribution or free entry for your chance to win at Omaze.com/StarWars. 

May the Force be with you!

44 comments:

  1. This is awesome and seriously have to look into, because we are huge fans here. Only thing is if I won, who would go? My husband would probably fight me to the death on this, lol!! :)

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    1. Winner gets to bring a guest. You're all set. :)

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  2. I saw this on the news and as a big Star Wars fan, I am super excited about it.

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  3. This is going to feel unrelated, but it was as I read this that it dawned on me that JJ Abrams picked up the Star Trek franchise and now he is working on the newest Star Wars film. There is kinda sorta a "thing" between Star Trek and Star Wars fans. They are both fierce about their show/movies, but it is like they are Teams. Are you Team Star Trek OR Team Star Wars. Now that JJ Abrams is piloting both franchises maybe it will finally be okay to be BOTH.

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    1. Hurrah for meeting in the middle. :)

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  4. I've seen this out and about too,very tempting to give it a go hmmmm

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    1. It does sound really fun!! And a great cause to contribute to too.

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  5. Would you believe I am not into Star Wars in the least. nope, all that Star stuff, Trek whatever is like "boring" to me.

    But I did want to say that I love a friend that loves shoes. See --- I like to be on the ground rather than off in the stars. Now, tho, I must admit my hon sends me to the moon and back, sooooo ya. lol

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    1. My husband isn't a fan of Star Wars either (gasp). ;)
      And yep, I do like me some shoes (and boots!). ;)

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    1. I'm thinking we might enter this one. :)

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  7. oh wow...going to show this ot my boys and see if they want to start collecting money...we are def star wars fans....

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    1. We just watched one of the older movies. Me and the kids (minus one) are SW fans too. :)

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  8. I can remember my son having to see every Star Wars movies. We waited in long lines like everyone else did. Happy times.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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    1. My mom wouldn't let me go to the very first one. Said I was too young! Can you imagine! ;) I didn't see it (on VHS) until I was grown! :)

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  9. My husband has tried several times to get me to watch Star Wars and I fall asleep on the same spot every time. I just can't handle it. LOL

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    1. I was that way with The English Patient, which everyone seems to love. 3 times I tried, 3 times I zonked out. :)

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  10. I bet they'll raise a good bit of money with this contest. It's a great idea.

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  11. My boyfriend would LOVE this contest and it's such a great win-win. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. That might be cool. Can I be in the one Gareth Edwards is directing? Because that would be really awesome.

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    1. If I knew Gareth Edwards personally, I would totally put in the request. :)

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  13. This contest is a great idea, I'm sure it will be a total hit. I know a few people that would really love this.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

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  14. So cool That would such an exciting thing to win.

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  15. We saw this on the news, too! We're entering for my son, haha! :)

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    1. Wouldn't that be a great prize to win?? I think it would be so fun!

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  16. I know a lot of star wars fans who will be really excited to hear this.

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    1. I'm guessing this one gets a lot of interest too.

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  17. We aren't Star Wars fans, but we often joke with our oldest about how much she loves it. (she really doesn't). To top it off, her boyfriend's name is Luke, actually named after the character, so it gives us more fodder to tease her with. I should enter this one just for her. That would be such a riot if we won!

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    1. Of all the names in the world, she had to go get a boyfriend who whose name was Luke, ahahhahahahahahaha. I mean..shame on you! ;) :)

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  18. I'll have to learn about the Wars of starz. Apparently it's a huge thing and well I"m just clueless.

    However I love this project that would benefit UNICEF!

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    1. I love that it benefits UNICEF too, Colette. :)

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  19. I Watched the very first Star Wars but have never seen the newer one.

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    1. We used to have the triology on VHS. I don't think we have our VHS tapes in the garage anymore...I think we gave them to my MIL.

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  20. I kind of wish we owned some Star Wars movies. My kids have never seen one. I'm not a die hard fan, but I liked them when I was little.

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    1. I liked the first three. I did see one after, but my daughter was little and scared (her older brothers had wanted to see it at the movies) so I took her out of the theater. I never finished it. Guess I should get caught up. ;)

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  21. need to send this to marc - he is into star wars - i have no clue

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    1. He'd probably flip if he won then! :)

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