11:25 am EDT, May 5, 2016

‘Star Wars: Force For Change’ charity campaign raises over $2 million

The Star Wars: Force For Change charity campaign is over. Yesterday, Daisy Ridley urged fans to donate one last time!

Yesterday was May the 4th, the previously low-key and now very much mainstream “Star Wars Day.”

To mark the occasion, as well as to make one last push for the big charity drive Force For Change, Daisy Ridley (who of course plays Rey in the Star Wars saga) did a video promoting the donation campaign:

In the video, Ridley is on the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is currently filming.

She is surrounded by iconic Star Wars characters, and is even handed a gift from John Boyega (it is Star Wars Day, after all) — which turns out to be a Finn action figure. “That is so you,” Ridley mutters, and indeed it is!

She thanks everyone for their donations, and wishes us a (now belated) happy Star Wars day. On May 4, the Force For Change charity campaign officially ended, and the prize winners have been found.

The campaign matched fan donations, which brings the total amount raised to an astounding $2,236,312. A lot of good can be done for that amount of money!

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That money will go to the four chosen charities, with Make-A-Wish getting more than $1 million, and the American Red Cross, UNICEF and the Boys & Girls Club of America also receiving substantial sums.

This just goes to show that fandom is indeed a force for good. Well done to everyone who donated!

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