Star Wars Fan Begins 2,500-Mile Trek For Charity


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It seems as though marathons and e-mail pleas are not enough to raise money for charity these days. First, there was the British teenager who 'biked' over water, now an Australian has begun a 2,500-mile trek across the country, dressed in full Stormtrooper armor.

Melbourneresident Paul Jacob French who began his cross country trek from Perth on July 14th, plans to walk all the way to Sydney, a journey that that is expected to take about five-months If, he can maintain his planned schedule of walking 25 miles a day, for five days a week!

To get to his final destination, Mr. French will cross four states and walk through many different terrains including, the world's largest slab of limestone - The treacherous Nullarbor Plain. The virtually treeless 850-mile stretch known for its extremely hot and arid conditions, is going to be even more of a challenge for Mr. French, given his rather warm attire.

However, the Stormtrooper who is trying to raise $50,000 AUD for the Starlight Foundation, a charity that brightens the lives of ill and hospitalized children, says he is ready for the challenge and that the outfit should not be an issue, given that he has even run a marathon wearing it.

As for the choice of attire? While he is obviously a Star Wars fan, it is more to do with him being a member of a worldwide volunteer organization dubbed 501st Legion, who do all their good deeds dressed in characters from the epic movie series!


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  • bobo the monkeyabout 7 years
    dat cool
    • Yodaabout 7 years
      It's so cool to see people taking a cool and fun way to raising money for charities. This make the fundraising stand out more and will then make more money for the organization. I hope he makes it to the end. p.s. I love Star Wars and really want to see the Force Awakens
      • kyloren13
        kyloren13about 7 years
        I like this guy but he should be dressed up as kylo ren and not a stormtrooper
        • stormytrooper
          stormytrooperabout 7 years
          OMG! i love STAR WARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! who is excited for the new movie?
        • shadowwolfhm1
          shadowwolfhm1about 7 years
          Go Star Wars. This man has a good heart. He must be on the side of the rebels XD
          • sheep about 7 years
            I <3 star wars dark side
          • vjabout 7 years
            I love star wars and am so happy that that guy is doing that.
            • jackyover 7 years
              • jwacko
                jwackoover 7 years
                That guy is so nice!
                • genius1326
                  genius1326over 7 years
                  It must have been boiling in all that armour, but it was for an excellant cause!