Welcome to Fanlanthropy – a new series here at The Honey POP where we shine a light on incredible stans who are using the power of fandom to do good in the world and help out important causes. Fandoms are super powerful in sharing information and working on projects, so using those impressive skills for a good cause ends in some great results.
We’ve previously spoken about homelessness and the devastating facts, but homeless youth is a whole issue on its own. While some homeless children and youth are with their families, in 2014 it was recorded that 45,205 of them were unaccompanied. According to dosomething.org, around 80% of homeless youth (aged 12-21) use drugs or alcohol to medicate in order to deal with the traumatic experiences and abuse they face. Violence, abuse, family breakdown, and problems around mental health are just some of the many reasons young people become homeless — it’s safer to leave home than to stay. It was reported that last year 110,000 young people asked for help with homelessness. With the second anniversary of TXT’s debut around the corner, @TXTMOAUK decided to fundraise for Centrepoint UK, a charity that was set up to support homeless youth in the United Kingdom.
Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello! My name is Tiko and I am the admin of TXTMOAUK. TXTMOAUK was set up in late 2019 in order to support TOMORROW X TOGETHER (shortened to TXT), a South Korean idol group that debuted under BigHit Entertainment in 2019, and UK MOA. Since then, the account has helped to keep MOA up to date on all things TXT as well as helping expand their following in the UK!
To celebrate the anniversary of Tomorrow X Together’s debut, you’ve chosen to fundraise for Centrepoint UK. What was it that made you choose this charity?
I wanted to involve MOA in the choosing of the charity we fundraised for in celebration of the anniversary. Centrepoint UK was suggested by @myheartgoboom on Twitter. The meaning of TOMORROW X TOGETHER is “coming together under one dream in hopes of building a better tomorrow.” Centrepoint UK helps support young homeless people across the UK, allowing them to have a brighter future and end youth homelessness. All the members of TXT fall into the age bracket of the people Centrepoint UK help support and so I felt this charity stood out and would be amazing if UK MOA could come together to fundraise for them.
Can you tell us a bit more about Centrepoint UK?
Centrepoint UK is a UK based charity that has been running since 1969 with 60 services providing support across the UK. They help to provide young homeless people, aged 16-25, across the UK with accommodations, health support, and life skills so they can return to education and work. In 2019/20 Centrepoint was able to help over 14,000 young individuals directly or through partners.
How will the donations to this fundraiser benefit Centrepoint UK?
All the donations are going directly to Centrepoint UK via a fundraiser on JustGiving. £5 could pay for vital basics, £12 sponsors a room and £35 could fund full independence for someone. Stories of some of the individuals Centrepoint has helped can be viewed on their YouTube channel, giving insight into how donations have helped Centrepoint in supporting those who need them.
TXT have real hearts of gold and have been involved with charity work themselves. How would you say they inspire you?
TXT are a group of young, inspiring, and positive people. The fact they are so young and yet have already achieved so much and spread so much positivity, I believe, is one of the reasons that so many feel inspired by them. TXT know how to be funny and never fail to bring a smile to your face, but they also show lots of support for MOA and others. Often you can find the members doing so via Weverse where they reply to MOA who are facing hardships or even hosting counseling sessions on VLive. Even if they are not responding to me directly, I am able to feel their support and reflect on myself. Knowing they work so hard and truly care for MOA, I am inspired to be a better version of myself and work hard to achieve my goals.
We know how powerful fandoms are, what do you think about fandoms and the importance of using their platforms for vital causes such as this one?
Fandoms have really grown recently and you can see them achieving and doing many amazing things with their platforms. I think fandoms are a great way of building a network of people all over the globe who share common interests. With the motivation of idols and also social media, fandoms are able to reach a large number of people all over the world. With this global reach, you can see many fans appreciate it and use it to spread awareness of global problems and charity events that people can support or help in spreading awareness. It is common to see fandoms taking part in charitable events on dates such as anniversaries or idol birthdays. It is very heartwarming to see fandoms come together and even put aside differences for good causes.
How can people support your fundraiser?
At the moment our UK MOA are still small in numbers and so sharing our pinned post with information about the event and the link to the JustGiving page is an amazing help! Please let your friends and family know about this event. Even if they are not a MOA or based in the UK, they are still more than welcome to support this event and give donations. Even if you are unable to donate, just spreading awareness of the event allows more people to see it. You can donate here.
Thanks, Tiko! TXT would be super proud of you!
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