Stormtrooper to cross Australian desert in full armor for charity

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Dec 14, 2012

The Jedi may have been the peacekeepers of the Star Wars universe, but here on Earth, it's the imperial stormtroopers who do good deeds. Members of the international 501st Legion (aka "Vader's Fist") frequently don their dress whites for a cause.

The most recent one is TK-6283 (aka Jacob French), who is raising money for charity. With a twist.

French has begun a walk across Australia, an arduous 3,100-mile journey from Perth to Sydney, to benefit The Starlight Foundation. Wearing full armor.

According to his Facebook page, French has spent nine months training for this walk, which he's dubbed "TrooperTrek." He started his walk on July 11 and anticipates reaching Melbourne in December.

In October 2010 I participated in the RunMelb Half marathon (21kms) in my stormtrooper suit. The suit was restrictive and got quite hot while I was running, but the seed was planted for the troopertrek idea. Since the marathon I have started to train regularly for this event and have acquired a much lighter and flexible set of armour that will be trimmed for better movement. I am hoping that by choosing to wear stormtrooper armour I will be able to gather more attention for the cause I am running for and have a bit of a laugh along the way.

He'll also be pushing a 110-pound trolley full of supplies.

The Starlight Foundation charity (founded by soap opera star Emma Samms) helps seriously ill children across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Presumably the Australian branch will be the beneficiary of French's largesse.

French is a little short on his monetary goal—he's only raised AUD7,6000 out of his target 50,000—so if you want to kick in a few Aussie dollars, you can donate knowing the money is going to a good cause ... even if he could execute Order 66 on you.

You can keep up with French's travels on Facebook or Twitter.

Kudos to him for using the phrase "TrooperTrek" when he could have used "TrooperWalk."

(via TheAge)