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A Stormtrooper Is Walking Across Australia For Charity

Jacob French has just started walking across Australia — from Perth to Sydney (4100km) — in a Stormtrooper outfit to raise money for the Starlight Foundation.

As many of you know, the Starlight Foundation helps the lives on seriously ill children. Jacob hopes to raise money by averaging about 40km a day for five days a week (which means he’ll probably get to Sydney around half a year from now).

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.

Jacob said he chose the Stormtrooper costume as it’s definitely an attention grabber – looks like it might chafe, though. What a legend. [Telegraph UK and WA Today]
Image: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Donations to Jacob and the Starlight Foundation can be made at everydayhero.com.au/troopertrek

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