International Star Wars costuming organization The Rebel Legion is bringing back its charity event, Rebel Reads, this weekend.
This free webathon event will stream on the club’s Facebook and YouTube accounts, starting at 9 AM Pacific Time on Saturday, October 16th PDT (October 17 PHT). The broadcast will include over ten hours of original video content featuring interviews with Star Wars authors, artists, editors, and audiobook narrators interviewed by members of The Rebel Legion. Guests this year include author EK Johnston, artists Salvador Larroca, Ario Anindito, Tsuyoshi Nagano, and more.
Nerd Rage PH founder and Filipino Rebel Legion member Adrian Arcega will be interviewing Malaysian shadow puppet designer Tintoy Chuo about his very Southeast Asian reinterpretation of a galaxy far, far away on October 17, 7:25am PHT.
Rebel Reads is a video streaming webathon fundraiser to benefit Save The Children in their goal of providing education and other critical aid to children across the world.
This is the third webathon event hosted by The Rebel Legion. This international fan-run organization began hosting webathons in 2020 as a response to club members looking for a way to connect during the pandemic and to provide much-needed support to charity and the community. Fueled by the passionate global membership of The Rebel Legion, these webathons feature Star Wars celebrity & fan interviews along with engaging member submitted content. So far these three webathons have raised well over $35,000 for critical pandemic aid.
The club is also encouraging its members to sew for Sew Powerful, which gives reusable menstrual products to girls in Zambia so they can remain in school all month long.
The Rebel Legion is a global charity costuming organization focused on the protagonist characters of Star Wars. They work under the guidance of Lucasfilm to provide costumed characters at a wide variety of charity and community events around the world, and have approximately 8,000 members in 50 countries that cover every continent but Antarctica.
The pandemic has made the club shift its charity efforts to virtual events.This was kicked off last year with a very successful webathon, “Rebelthon,” in May 2020 to benefit UNICEF’s emergency COVID aid efforts. In November of 2020 The Rebel Legion also hosted “Rebel Reads,” which celebrated Star Wars Reads month and raised funds for UNICEF’s work in education across the globe. These events have become an annual tradition with “Rebelthon Strikes Back” this May and now the second “Rebel Reads” event this month. Collectively these webathons have raised well over $35,000.