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‘Star Wars’ role offered up for charitable donations

Being a “Force for Change” can land you a role in a galaxy far, far away.

A new charity campaign launched by film companies Disney, Lucasfilm and Bad Robot, through the website Omaze, have offered fans a chance to earn a role in the upcoming “Star Wars Episode VII” by donating to UNICEF. The film’s director, J.J. Abrams, introduced the campaign, “Force for Change,” in video filmed on set in Abu Dhabi, where the early days of filming are taking place.

Every $10 donated offers an entry into a drawing for a cameo role in upcoming entry of the popular film series when shooting moves to London. In addition to the cameo entries, different giving levels offer extra rewards, such as a thank you from Abrams or a private screening of the finished film.

The “Force for Change” campaign says donations will go to UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and be used towards several possible projects, including:

  • Portable, solar-powered learning kits being built in China, Uganda, and Burundi to ensure every child in the world has access to relevant, quality learning.
  • Mobile phone application developed in South Sudan and Uganda, and used in the Philippines, that helps reunite children with their families after an emergency.
  • A text messaging solution in Zambia that helps families receive infant medical test results from clinics, in half the time, through mobile phones.