Disney Post | Official Blog of The Walt Disney Company
August 11, 2014

'Star Wars': Force for Change Raises $4.26 Million for UNICEF

By Janelle Tipton, The Walt Disney Studios

With an exciting initiative that offered a chance to win unique rewards and prizes, including a once-in-a-lifetime grand prize, Star Wars: Force for Change raised $4.26 million for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Contributions were received from citizens of 125 countries and enough money was raised to support the equivalent of seven to eight new UNICEF Innovation Labs. The grand-prize winner was D.C. Barns of Denver, Colorado, who will enjoy a trip to London for himself and a guest, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Star Wars set and will be fitted with a costume and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII.

UNICEF's current network of 14 Innovation Labs helps create sustainable solutions to critical issues facing children around the world in the areas of nutrition, water, health and education. The funds raised through Star Wars: Force for Change will impact the lives of children around the world through projects like MobiStation, a portable, solar-powered educational kit to ensure children have access to quality learning anywhere, and Rapid FTR (Family Tracing and Reunification), a mobile phone application that helps reunite separated and unaccompanied children with their families in natural disasters.

Disney committed an additional $1 million to support the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change. 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.

Visit StarWars.com/ForceForChange to learn more about this charitable initiative and the work of UNICEF's Innovation Labs and programs.

"Star Wars": Force for Change raised $4.26 million for UNICEF, and contributions were received from citizens of 125 countries.