Tuesday 6 December 2016

Dublin hospice to benefit from Star Wars charity competition, thanks to Domhnall Gleeson

Elaine McCahill

Published 27/11/2015 | 08:03

Domhnall and Harrison
Domhnall and Harrison
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As Star Wars hype reaches fever pitch, Domhnall Gleeson is set to raise a lot of cash for St Francis Hospice in Raheny, thanks to the film franchise.

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With fans across the world waiting with bated breath for the new instalment, Disney and Lucasfilms are offering one heck of a prize to devoted Star Wars fanatics.

Two grand prize winners will get to attend both the US and UK premieres. It doesn't stop there.

They will also get to walk the red carpet, meet the cast of The Force Awakens, and head to the film's after-party.

Plus, they'll get to bring three pals each.

For a chance to win, fans are asked to donate as little as $10 (€9) through Omaze to support Star Wars: Force for Change.

The foundation was set up last year by Disney and Lucasfilm to help find solutions to some of the world's biggest problems.

The amount you donate corresponds to how many entries you'll have in the contest.

Plus, you won't go home empty- handed, as there are different Star Wars treats at each donation level, including artwork and T-shirts.

For example, if you donate $100 (€94), you'll be able to get one of four Star Wars: The Force Awakens T-shirts.

On the other end of the scale, one person who donates $10,000 (€9,400) will receive a replica Kylo Ren helmet.

Another who gives $20,000 (€18,850) will get a life-sized Stormtrooper suit.

Fifteen member of the cast and crew have put forward their chosen charities and Domhnall picked the Dublin hospice, which is close to his heart.

Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o has put forward the Africa Cancer Foundation, Mark Hamill has chosen Feed America, and JJ Abrams picked the Malala Fund.

The project raised €4m last year and if it reaches that amount again, St Francis Hospice will be in for an incredible donation.

"Everyone at St Francis Hospice is very excited. Brendan (his dad), Domhnall and Brian (Domhnall's brother) are all very good to us. They've done so much for the hospice," a spokeswoman told the Herald.

Domhnall and Brian previously starred in the video for charity single 2025 by Squarehead to raise funds the hospice.

Their series of comedy sketches, called Immaturity for Charity, has raised more than €65,000 for charity so far.

So, if you're a Star Wars fan and want to do some good for charity this Christmas, log on to www.omaze.com to donate and enter. The contest runs until December 4.

Herald

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