Ok Forest Gump, you ran across the USA… now how about doing it across Australia in a Storm Trooper costume?? Huh??
Yeh… Didn’t think so.
That’s right folks one man is doing a challenge so great, that it’s almost inconceivable.
Jacob French, an intrepid Aussie, is walking across Australia while wearing Star Wars stormtrooper armor for Starlight Children’s Foundation -a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions.
“Starting in July 2011 I aim to walk from Perth (Western Australia) to Sydney (New South Wales). Over the course of the trek I will cross 4 states and cover approximately 5000km’s in modified stormtrooper armor. The plan for now is to push a lightweight buggy with needed supplies an average distance of 35-40km’s for 5 days a week until the trek is complete.”
That’s about 25 miles a day which will make up 3,107miles total. That’s a few hundred miles off LA to NYC… and most of it’s the outback.
Why a Storm Trooper you ask? Well that’s simple, it’s his hobby: “I am a member of the worldwide “501st Legion”, a volunteer organization that wears quality star wars outfits for Star Wars related events and as a means to contribute to their local communities through charity work. My involvement with the 501st Legion has been a fantastic experience and I have had plenty of opportunities to put on my suit of armor and entertain the public.”
Giving Back™ is about making the world a better place. The Human Truth™ is: “When we are giving, our lives have more meaning.”™
Jacob French, or should I say “TK-6283 “ has found a way to merge his giving back with his fandom, and I really think the Force Is With Him.
Follow his trek and donate here.