STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Gives a (Droid) Hand to Everyone Who Contributed to “Force for Change”; Reveals Winner of Grand Prize

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Several months ago, director J.J. Abrams revealed “Force for Change”, which gave fans a chance to win a visit to the set of Star Wars: Episode VII and cameo in the film in exchange for making a donation to UNICEF.  The campaign has now wrapped, and it raised $4.26 million for UNICEF Innovation Labs, which will support the equivalent of seven to eight new innovation labs to aid children and families.  While I know few movies are as popular as Star Wars, I would love to see other studios and productions follow Disney’s lead on this one when it comes to marrying a charitable cause with fan enthusiasm.

Hit the jump to check out an image of a “Thank You” note from Abrams being held by a droid hand.  We’ve also included video of Denver, Colorado resident D.C. Barns learning that he’s won the grand prize.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

Via Bad Robot.

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Here’s the video of Barns learning that he’s won:

And here’s the press release:

STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE PROGRAM CONCLUDES BY RAISING AN UNPRECEDENTED $4.26 MILLION FOR UNICEF INNOVATION LABS AND PROGRAMS FROM DONORS IN 125 COUNTRIES AROUND THE GLOBE

DISNEY COMMITTED AN ADDITIONAL $1 MILLION TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN

Money Will Support the Equivalent of 7-8 New Innovation Labs to Aid Children and Families

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 $4,261,410 USD for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Contributions were received via fundraising platform Omaze from citizens of 125 countries and enough money was raised to support the equivalent of 7-8 new UNICEF Innovation Labs.  The grand-prize winner was D.C. Barns of Denver Colorado, who shared during a donor video chat that the first time he saw Star Wars when it opened in theaters in 1977, when he was only five. “I loved it! … I just couldn’t get it out of my head of 35 years.” D.C. was then asked to share his favorite Star Wars moment. As he began to reply, he was suddenly surprised in his Denver office by members of Star Wars: Force for Change team. Once settled, D.C. exclaimed, “This! This is my new favorite Star Wars moment!”

D.C. 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 Vll.

UNICEF’s current network of 14 Innovation Labs help 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 US $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.




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  • MIXTER

    Maybe, if those rumours were true about a hand falling to Tattooine, this could be it?

    And maybe this is Vaders severed hand, not Lukes. Would make sense as the death star exploded sending junk everywhere.

    • Vulcan

      Or it’s just a random droid’s hand.

    • Darkthunder

      The Death Star wasn’t even remotely close to Tattooine thou. It was in orbit of the forest moon Endor.

      • MIXTER

        True! But, this is 30 years later, and the power of force coming from the Death Star going pop shifts things at great speed! Also, the Force guides everything in star wars, if it wants it to be found it will be found. And that force thread has woven all of star wars and tied it all together and would be fitting if it propelled events from ROTJ to Ep7.

        for example, The force made that imprial gunner not shoot the droids escape pod, R2 gets found by jawas, sold to lukes uncle, makes luke find Obi-wan, which both saves luke from getting fried with his uncle/aunt and gives luke reason to join the rebellion, blows up death star, gets injured on Hoth where he gets vision of Obi wan who tells him to look for Yoda, who trains him to be Jedi, to fight Vader, who reveals he’s his father, giving luke idea Vader can be turned good. Vader freezes han sends to Jabba, all get reunited to fight on Endor to bring down the shield/death star while Luke turns Vader good by killing the emperor… who started all this shit in the first place.

        so, if rumours were true, makes sense vorce guides Vaders/or lukes hand to be found for whatever next…

        To quote Doc Browne, Your kids Marty, Somethings got to be done about your kids! “

      • John

        none of that makes any sense. how about you just wait for the movie, or for a plot synopsis. Also, as the person below said, it’s most likely just a random hand. Stop over-reading into everything.

      • MIXTER

        What part of that basic common knowledge doesn’t make sense to you?

        we dont know what that hand is, its just a guess. Based on those rumours that came out, that so far are yet to be denied.

      • John

        It’s a freaking droid hand that Abrams thought would be a fun way to announce the winner. Just like he showed the alien creature in the first video for the contest, and the X-Wing in the second video for the contest. The alien probably won’t play a large part in the movie, neither will that particular X-Wing or pilot. It’s just for fun. Sheesh, stop reading into everything so much.

      • Vulcan

        Or, the hand could be Abrams making fun of the rumor, just like the Millennium Falcon note.

      • Kevin Carter

        Exactly.

      • HORSEFLESH

        As far as I can see; nothing in the original films makes the case that The Force is an entity that controls people and events so consciously.

        If anything it’s making the case that The Force is an impartial, amoral energy that individuals can manipulate for good or bad but doesn’t interfere in everyday life unless it’s used by beings, all of whom live within its bounds; otherwise characters would be like Force zombies. The Force is a background energy like static electricity that exists around living things; always there but the user needs to be aware of it to use it and affect events and beings with it.

        As Obi Wan said: “Use the Force, Luke”.

      • Ted

        Sure I’ve seen George Lucas actually say that himself in an old interview. But I’ve heard it a few times too.

      • HORSEFLESH

        But that’s not in the films.

      • HORSEFLESH

        But that’s not in the films.

      • Ted

        Sure I’ve seen George Lucas actually say that himself in an old interview. But I’ve heard it a few times too.

      • Vulcan

        What you are describing is a omnipotent, omnipresent Force that has a plan for everyone, similar to a omnipotent omnipresent god like the Judeo-Christian God. I believe Lucas’ ideas for the Force is a energy field that connects every being in the galaxy and holds the galaxy together. While it is omnipotent and omnipresent, it is not sentient, and does not have a plan or has control over situations. This allows it to be used for both good and bad.
        Yay for Intro to Theology!

      • Vulcan

        What you are describing is a omnipotent, omnipresent Force that has a plan for everyone, similar to a omnipotent omnipresent god like the Judeo-Christian God. I believe Lucas’ ideas for the Force is a energy field that connects every being in the galaxy and holds the galaxy together. While it is omnipotent and omnipresent, it is not sentient, and does not have a plan or has control over situations. This allows it to be used for both good and bad.
        Yay for Intro to Theology!

      • Guest

        Yeah; I kinda said that.

      • Guest

        The rumour said the hand falls to a desert planet that is not Tatooine.

    • HORSEFLESH

      The original rumour reported on BADASSDIGEST stated that the hand falls on to a desert planet that is not Tatooine.

  • MIXTER

    Maybe, if those rumours were true about a hand falling to Tattooine, this could be it?

    And maybe this is Vaders severed hand, not Lukes. Would make sense as the death star exploded sending junk everywhere.

  • Ozweego

    The envy is high with this one

    • YEY

      So true, Jesus, you are right.
      No hatred now but envy.

    • YEY

      So true, Jesus, you are right.
      No hatred now but envy.

  • brNdon

    I really hope that falling hand plot is bogus. I would find it hard to believe that Luke didn’t start a new Jedi Order.

    It sucks that they are completely ignoring the EU. I was really hoping to see the twins and Ben Skywalker when news first broke on Episode VII

  • Kevin Carter

    I believe that JJ has released the image of the hand to fuck with peoples minds and it is working. lol. Kudos to him.

    • guest

      LOL indeed

  • Kevin Carter

    I believe that JJ has released the image of the hand to fuck with peoples minds and it is working. lol. Kudos to him.

  • mattritchey

    Check out the wrist. Now think EMPIRE STRIKES BACK when Luke wiggled his fingers… same pistons. Personally, I think it’s Luke.

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