This Stormtrooper Is Walking Across Australia For Charity

Stormtroopers have a hard life. They've been annihilated en masse on two successive Death Stars, despite just following orders, they've been constantly cleaved in twain by light sabers, and they lost a war against a large group of glorified teddy bears. Now, in aid of the Starlight Foundation, we have a Stormtrooper walking across Australia! When will the suffering end?

Jacob French, in order to raise money for the Starlight Foundation, has decided to walk 4100 km, from Perth to Sydney, dressed as a Stormtrooper.

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 armour. 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.

I am a member of the worldwide “501st Legion”, a volunteer organisation that wears quality star wars outfits for Star Wars related events and as a means to contribute to their local communities through charity work.

A pretty incredible achievement if he pulls it off.

You can donate to his cause here.

Jacob is also live tweeting his journey here.

A Stormtrooper Is Walking Across Australia For Charity [Gizmodo]


Comments

    He'll finish the journey, then Lucas will sue Starlight for all the profit on the eve of the Blu-ray release.

    Really though, this is so awesome.

    Great way to lose thoseextra gaming kilos.

    Though finding a couple of months to complete the journey would be a pain

    Jesus holy moley, I have the cheap Storm Trooper outfit, and even that stuff gets really hot and sweaty to move around in after a few hours.

    I wish you luck, good sir, and there will be a donation coming your way.

    The 501st are brilliant.. one day i hope to have my own Armour and join in with their great work :)

    Owning (and being able to fit into) Stormtrooper armor is a lifelong ambition of mine.

    33.3 weeks at 30km ave a day.

    Thats more than a month or two :)

    List of requirements:

    1) Air conditioned helmet.

    2) Dune style water "catchment" suit, built into pants.

    3) Un-obtaniam layered shoes for the trek, 5k gonna eat them sneakers!.

    4) 720x480 hud in visor attached to long life video playback device, keep you from going insane on those long walks.

    Saw him on the Kwinana Freeway the other night then saw an article.
    So many questions were answered.

    Thank God he's not wearing the standard Storm Trooper boots.

    Interviewed him for our local newspaper when he passed through Mandurah, seemed to be a very cheerful, friendly guy with a great outlook on life. Mad props to him for having the balls and selflessness to do this.

    On the way to Albany, from Denmark, we were shocked to see a storm trooper walking south coast hwy. THEN, on the way back to Denmark, 3 hours later, still walking. Waved, made us laugh, and we will be making a donation. Good on ya, mate!!

    Like the previous comment's authors I saw Jacob while I was driving to Denmark from Albany on Wednesday. On my return an hour later he was still walking so I pulled over for a chat. What a wonderfully inspirational young man he is. Personable and with a heart of gold, Jacob should be an inspiration for us all with his personal sacrifice raising money for those beautiful children. This great feat/feet of his is self financed and being performed with an awesome sense of humour. Good onya mate, you are a great man.

    Saw you on the weekend in the middle of the Nullabor . Though I was seeing things. Keep going mate

    Met Jacob just out of Caiguna on Wed 5 Oct. What an inspirational guy as we've just driven where he is walking! Good on you Jacob! We know you will reach your target and more.

    lm going to coober pedy from trafalgar vic on motorbike starting on 14-oct .l really hope to see him..

    We passed him on the 3rd of Dec near Iron Knob SA. Had no idea who he was and first thoughts were, "He's a serial killer! Keep driving!"
    Wish we had of known about him beforehand and stopped for a chat.
    Well done old boy

    Just saw him walking near Tintinara in S.A. today in 35 degree heat.

    Saw him in sale victoria on the 10th of march. Awesome work mate.

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