Former Cornerstone student, Jacob French, is taking a huge step towards raising funds for the Starlight Foundation – a charity that raises awareness and funds for desperately ill children. Infact, so huge is his step, that it will take him completely across the Australian continent.
It is no secret that Jacob is an avid Star Wars fanatic, but Jacob is also a believer in making a difference for others. This marriage of personal passions has resulted in him donning his favourite costume, and using this one love (that of Star Wars), for the advance of another – that of helping those less fortunate.
One day, after walking home from work, he decided that it was time to make a difference. He came to the conclusion that his fitness made it entirely possible to walk across the country for a worthy cause. But Jacob wants to attract as much attention as he can, and what better way than by wearing a Storm Trooper costume.
Jacob’s interest in inter-galactic fiction, has already led him to being on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, and being responsible for the care of Plucka-Duck. He has been on music videos, television, and other high profile events, all with his identity guarded cleverly with his distinctive white helmet. This latest event promises to bring results for young boys and girls that he may never meet, and few will see his identity as they donate towards the cause he is supporting.
Jacob departs from Perth on Sunday, and expects to walk for the next five months. With the plan to walk 40 kms a day, for 6 days per week, the journey will be long. He will push a cart with him, filled with the supplies he will need between towns, with a support crew with him for only parts of the journey. For the most part, the journey will be completed as a solo challenge.
If you wish to support Jacob in his cause, you can visit his facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Troopertrek-2011/191534147550377. Details of making donations are available at this site. He will also carry a solar phone and laptop with him, to update interested followers of his journey as he progresses.
Jacob’s time with Cornerstone students today was quite inspiring. He has a simple, yet worthy view of life.
‘It is great to use your passions and interests for the betterment of others. To do so is incredibly exciting’.
Well done Jacob. We wish you every success in your endeavours.
NB – Since the writing of this item, Jacob has commenced his journey and is attracting media attention from across the globe. He has been interviewed and promoted in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Sweden. He is on the front page of Busselton’s local paper today, as well the feature in a beautiful photograph on Page 3 of the West Australian. Great work Jacob! We are cheering you on.