Planet Charity: Stormtrooper takes on nine thousand mile charity challenge in Australia

Plus: US homeless couple in hot water after stealing charity donations; an act of generosity by female footballers in Haiti pays off

Planet Charity: stories strange but true
Planet Charity: stories strange but true

Daa daa daa dur da daa dur da daa, which is of course the Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) from Star Wars, must have been rattling around the head of Scott Loxley, who's marching 15,000km (9,320 miles) around Australia dressed as a stormtrooper from the film to raise A$100,000 (£55,500) for the Monash Children's Hospital in Melbourne. He's a year into his 18-month odyssey, facing temperatures of up to 50C, and has been eating roadkill, including lizards, snakes and kangaroos, to sustain him in his stormtroopering. Presumably his blaster is set to stun.

In the US, a homeless couple have found themselves in hot water, charged with trying to steal items from charity donation bins in apartment complexes. Cops in Tacoma, Washington State, were called to a block at 2am after a tenant reported two people trying to make off with a vacuum cleaner. It's unclear what they wanted the gadget for, but it's likely they were hoping to make a clean getaway.

Elsewhere, the Haiti women's football team ended up benefiting from their own act of charity when they heard that the Trinidad & Tobago team was short of funds while both teams were in the US for a qualifying competition for next year's World Cup. The Haitian players responded by giving their rivals all of the $1,300 (£825) they had in the bank from their fundraising efforts to support their own qualifying campaign. This act of generosity was in turn picked up by the Clinton Foundation - you know, former Prez Bill et al - which got in touch to say it wanted to make an as yet unspecified donation to support women's football in Haiti. Back of the net.

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