StarWars.com has officially annouced that Force Friday II is set for September 1, but more importantly (for our purposes) they’ve also given us our first look at Rey, Finn and Poe in The Last Jedi. Rey is not only front and center with a lightsaber, but she’s sporting a new hairstyle! Finn has a new shirt! Poe looks… Pretty much the same!
Wear Star Wars Every Day kicked off its final quarter of 2016 (Can you believe that I’ve kept this project going for nine months now?) with the #ForceFriday podcast listener challenge and kept on going into October. In Week 40 of #WearStarWarsEveryDay, we raised $590 for Collateral Repair Project just on the GoFundMe. A huge round of gratitude for all our donors in this time period: Anonymous, Amanda, Amanda, Ari, Brian, Bruce, Cheston, Danielle, Jason, Joseph, Juan, Mediocre Jedi, Mike, Nick, Patty, and Swara! Also thanks to everyone who lent me some Star Wars apparel for this week: James, Donna, Mark, Nick, Bryan, Kai, and Paul! I’ve now worn 25 Star Wars garments borrowed from Paul, which means just me wearing his threads has raised more than $115 from our pledge makers.
Every day I wear a new and different Star Wars apparel item, my daily pledge makers will chip in $4.65 to Collateral Repair Project! This week, we’ve got that sweet game-worn R2-D2 baseball jersey as well as a variety of shirts, including a Jawa coffee brand and the crazy Zuvio milk carton tee from Star Wars Celebration Europe! I guess that makes two shirts from the UK this week. This review for Week 40 covers September 30 to October 6 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees.
Just checking in with the latest news from the #ForceFriday Podcast Listener Update for Wear Star Wars Every Day. Just today, we’ve had 5 donations to Collateral Repair Project so far (5 PM ET / 2PM PT), totaling $170, easily topping our basic goal of $75. That means I’m putting on the Durham Bulls game-worn R2-D2 jersey that Nick Dico of Coffee with Kenobi has graciously lent me! Check it out above.
Looking at the podcasts that have awesome listeners, we’ve gotten three donations today in the name of Beltway Banthas, totaling $95! Coffee with Kenobi listeners have donated $50, and we’ve got a mystery donation that I’m tracking down.
Since Beltway Banthas put out the call for donations last week, a few of their listeners jumped the gun and have donated $80 prior to today! So that’s really $250 raised so far because of this particular challenge. Big thanks to everyone who has donated and turned this Force Friday into a Force for good! Also big thanks to Nick for lending me this sweet jersey, which was worn in the Durham Bulls game on Star Wars Day, May 4th, 2014, and is signed by infielder Hak-Ju Lee.
Happy #ForceFriday (or #RogueFriday) – Not only is it time to hit the retailers to see what cool Rogue One merchandise is out, but it’s also the big day for the Force Friday Podcast Listener Challenge for Wear Star Wars Every Day! As mentioned earlier, this is a big one-day push for donations to Collateral Repair Project, the nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support for urban refugees.
Which Star Wars-related podcast will show that its listeners have the biggest hearts? Listeners can show support for their favorite podcast by making a donation to CRP on the Wear Star Wars Every Day GoFundMe and listing their favorite show in the comments.
Nick at Coffee with Kenobi helped kick off this challenge, and he has set a goal for Coffee with Kenobi listeners: $500 in donations! Now Stephen at Beltway Banthas has answered the challenge, in a special episode just for this fundraising blitz: he thinks the listeners of Beltway Banthas can out-do Coffee with Kenobi – and they’ve already started! And we know that Full of Sith, Skywalking through Neverland, Brews and Blasters, Jedi News UK, Tosche Station Radio, and others are raring for their listeners to represent and make a difference!
Remember, if we raise a simple $75 just today, I’ll show off a really cool item of Star Wars wear: a one-of-a-kind game-worn signed Durham Bulls R2-D2 baseball jersey, lent by Nick at Coffee with Kenobi, who obtained it by donating in a charity auction for the Autism Society of North Carolina in 2014. Now it’s back to help another great cause!
Is your favorite podcast alerting its listeners to chip in for the Force Friday challenge? If so, leave a comment here and give them a shout out!
Week 38 of #WearStarWarsEveryDay saw the first day of autumn, and a good week of Star Wars wear as we got the word out about the Star Wars podcast listener challenge for Force Friday (Sept. 30). Huge thanks to our donors in this time period on the GoFundMe for Collateral Repair Project: Anonymous, James Malloy, and Mike Cooper. Also big thanks to Kristen who donated one of the shirts I wore this week, and thanks to everyone else who lent me some Star Wars apparel for this week: Patricia, James, Paul, Caitlin, Shauna, and James! Yup, everything worn this week was from you all, my fellow Star Wars fans!
Tomorrow, September 30, is Force Friday (or Rogue Friday), when many stores will be finally putting out Rogue One merchandise for sale. Don’t forget that we are also doing a special one-day fundraising drive for Collateral Repair Project for listeners of Star Wars podcasts. So if you want to show that listeners of your favorite show are the most generous Star Wars fans, chip in on the GoFundMe and leave a note in the comments box about which podcast you’re representing! Last week, Beltway Banthas, a podcast on Star Wars and politics, gave Wear Star Wars Every Day a shout out, and they’ll have me on their next show, out very, very soon to talk about the Force Friday drive.
Don’t forget, every day I wear a new and different Star Wars apparel item, my daily pledge makers will chip in $4.65 to Collateral Repair Project! This week, we’ve got a baseball jersey, a hooded sweatshirt, cool clothes from two Celebrations, and some longer sleeves for the start of fall. Plus one of the few Ewoks cartoon series clothes out there. This review for Week 38 covers September 16 to September 22 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees.
But now, Coffee with Kenobi has put out a challenge to their listeners to turn Force Friday (September 30) into a Force for good: making a one-day fundraising blitz for Wear Star Wars Every Day and Collateral Repair Project! And I’m putting out the call to other Star Wars podcasts to see who has the awesomest listeners.
So on Force Friday, September 30th, 2016, we’re having a one-day fundraising challenge. Every podcast can encourage their listeners to donate via the GoFundMe, and mention their podcast name in the comments. Nick at Coffee with Kenobi has set an ambitious goal of $500 raised just from Coffee with Kenobi listeners – who thinks that their podcast can do better than that?
So while you’re out stocking up on Rogue One merchandise, maybe toss a little bit of your Star Wars toy budget towards making life a little easier for refugees. I’ve got a cool shirt I’m saving for Force Friday, but if at least $75 gets donated, I’ll wear a bonus clothing item and post of a photo of that – a signed game-worn Durham Bulls R2-D2 jersey! (Remember, daily photos get posted on the Wear Star Wars Every Day Facebook page and on Twitter using #WearStarWarsEveryDay.
If your favorite podcast that covers Star Wars wants to show off that they have the galaxy’s best listeners, just drop me a line in the comments, or via Twitter @jamesjawa. And if that podcast wants to rally their listeners with me wearing their podcast swag if their team pulls ahead, we can arrange that!
Video is of the author panel and Q&A session. Revealed at the end of the evening was the announcement that Michael Kogge is the author of the junior novelization of The Force Awakens, coming out in 2016. And if you just want to see some photos of the event, including the induction of the podcast hosts into Rebel Legion, I’ve got a gallery here.
Looking for signed copies of the books? Mysterious Galaxy has you covered! The Absolutely Everything You Need to Know tour picks up again next weekend around the US.