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.
According to a 2018 study by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the Philippines is on its way to becoming an “aging society” in 2032, meaning in 13 years, Filipinos aged 65 and over will make up 7% of the country’s total population. The elder members are the most likely to be desolated and are among the most vulnerable members of society. Now more than ever during the pandemic, they are in great need of support and dependency.
In honor of EXO’s ninth anniversary, exoluniverseph has chosen to fundraise for two charities to help support this ongoing issue to help take care of those isolated and in need of dependent support. We spoke to the organizers to learn more about the fundraiser.
Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello! We are EXO-L Universe from the Philippines, a fan page made for EXO and later became an EXO Fanbase. We started on December 17, 2019, and currently have 12 admins that are divided into 3 Teams to handle our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Pages to support and promote EXO. TikTok, being so popular and has a wider audience, so we created a TikTok account where we can introduce and promote EXO by posting random EXO videos every day.
We post and share snippets of EXO’s history, individual EXO members’ facts, latest updates, as well as guide EXO-Ls on voting and streaming-related content and anything under the sun that has a connection to EXO. We have come together with passion, dedication, and the same goal to support and promote EXO Worldwide.
In honor of EXO’s ninth anniversary, you have chosen to support the Blue Whale Mission of Our Lady Inc and House of Somang. What was it that made you choose these charities?
We chose these charity organizations because the elders are unfortunately the first ones to be desolated at times. It is hard to admit but this is a fact. So we make it our duty to make sure they are looked after as well. We think that elderlies need more attention and love and we want them to know that there are still people out there that care for them.
This is about taking care of the elderly, which oftentimes are the most neglected ones. Especially at this time of great global crisis, senior citizens are most hit by it specifically because of their weak bearings against the serious disease. These non-profit organizations are both located in the Philippines which by their own culture, strong ties with family members are greatly practiced and thus taking care of the elderly.
What can you tell us about the work that these charities do? How will donations to the fundraiser benefit them?
House of Somang (House of Hope) Started back in 2005 by Kkottongnae brothers and sisters from Korea. They bought a house to bring six elderly homeless women to care from under the bridge. The Blue Whale Mission of Our Lady Inc. was founded by Terry Planta and her late husband. They have set up a 10-bedroom care home in Binangonan for abandoned elderly women and plans of taking care of abandoned children one day too.
These non-profit charity organizations look after the elderly people who were abandoned by their families or family members who were not capable to look after them. They rely solely on donations which is why it is important to help them especially during this pandemic crisis where people are struggling financially.
At the moment, little help is coming in because of the restrictions of the pandemic. The caregivers of these charity institutions have mentioned the most important needs of the elderlies and so our Team decided of donating and focusing on what they needed the most such as, vitamins, masks, alcohol, and stand fans.
EXO has been known to be involved in philanthropy and charity work over their time together. How would you say they have inspired you?
This is actually not the first time that we have done charity work in the name of EXO. During the toughest times of Covid-19, we have done different kinds of charity works to help the people in need. Such as giving relief goods to guards, street sweepers, homeless people, and street vendors. We have also given food to our frontline doctors and nurses and other medical staff. We have done this with the help of our fellow EXO-Ls who sent their donations for this cause and it couldn’t be possible without them.
EXO has inspired us to do good, to be kind, and to share love with people who are struggling. Seeing smiles on their faces gives us sense of purpose, it makes us happy that we make a difference in people’s lives even if it’s a small help and that inspired us more to do good and spread love. Just like what our name stands for, EXO-L is EXO LOVE.
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?
We “stan” our idols simply because of their great talent and a plus factor, wonderful character. And to be inspired by them, sharing and acting the same qualities are an awesome way to spread goodness and kindness. Fandoms are the backbone of the artist. And as a fandom, we EXO-L’s, have the responsibility to reflect our artist in a meaningful way.
Using this platform and with the help of social media, we can unite people, bring together fans that are inspired by our causes and make an impact on others in a positive way, promote humanitarian projects such as this and we can spread love and positivity all around the world. The importance of doing this is to give awareness to everyone of all ages that we can do something and we can help in many ways.
How can people support your fundraiser?
Anybody can donate goods that could really help the elderly. Items such as face masks, vitamins, and food, are the most needed. It will be greatly appreciated if they can include or donate Stand Fans as well. Another great way to support this would be sharing this said project on their social media accounts to reach more people to join and give.
For a full list of items and where to donate please check our pin post on Facebook and Twitter, or you can send us a direct message and email us on email@example.com if you have any questions. Thank you!
Thanks for chatting with us – EXO would be so proud of you!
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