Welcome to Fanlanthropy – a heartwarming 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.
Having an idol with a good heart is something that always leads to a good impact. Known for his kind heart and philanthropy, Jaemin of NCT has positively impacted his fans, inspiring them to do good to help make the world a better place. In honor of his upcoming birthday, fans have created an incredible five-part project which will overlook several causes in Indonesia, including supporting orphanages, adopting an endangered animal, and helping fight a common blindness disease. Impressed by the amount of work put in by NCTzens, we spoke to the organizer of this project to learn more.
Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi! My name is Okky Alifka. I am an initiator of JAEMINNESIA (Na Jaemin’s Support System From Indonesia).I initiated JAEMINNESIA to provide support to NCT Dream‘s Jaemin through various kindness and charity projects on behalf of Jaemin. Through JAEMINNESIA, I invite NCTzens (NCT Fans) and Nanadoongies (Jaemin’s Fans) to introduce Jaemin to the world through spreading kindness and love.
Because Jaemin always taught us to do those pretty things with love. Besides JAEMINNESIA, I also initiated JENONESIA, last April which held charity projects on behalf of Lee Jeno in 22 orphanages in 22 provinces in Indonesia. I founded JAEMINNESIA and JENONESIA to continue to do beautiful things and various projects on behalf of them.
You’re doing a lot in honor of Jaemin’s birthday this year! Can you walk us through the five parts of the project? Yes. This year, together with JAEMINNESIA, I have organized Jaemin’s birthday project for his birthday in August which consists of five parts!
Part 1 (The Eternal): Registering the name ‘Na Jaemin’ as a permanent donor at one of the major foundations or orphanages in Indonesia.
Part 2 (Eunoia & Bestari): Write a children’s storybook about the kind-hearted Jaemin and then the 13 books will be donated to a pediatric cancer foundation in Indonesia.
Part 3 (Flying Without Wings: Jaemin to the Nusantara Sky): Charity project on behalf of Na Jaemin to 34 orphanages in 34 provinces in Indonesia. Indonesia has 34 provinces, so this will be the biggest charity project because it will be distributed across all 34 provinces in Indonesia.
Part 4 (Nayanika): Donation on behalf of Na Jaemin to Lions Eyes Bank Jakarta to help reduce the Corneal Blindness Rate with international standard. Jaemin has very beautiful eyes and we want to help others see the world too through their eyes.
Part 5 (LoveEarth: From Jaemin’s Hearth to Our Earth): Adopting an orangutan on behalf of Na Jaemin. The orangutan is one of the endangered species that are protected and conserved in Indonesia. This project is a form of our support for climate and environmental protection.
The theme of this year’s Jaemin Birthday Project is ‘Everlasting You, Jaemin Na.’ which translates to ‘Forever is Jaemin’. That’s why we chose the 5 part charity project on behalf of Jaemin because we think the good impact of the charity project will continue to surround him, more than forever. I also hope that this project will be a beautiful story that won’t end and will always be remembered.
What made you decide to choose these causes to support?
Jaemin is an idol who has a very warm and sincere heart. He is known as someone who is full of love and care. He is also actively volunteering in various activities. Also, he once said, that his mother always taught him, ‘if you know the meaning of receiving, then you also have to know the meaning of giving’ which is a beautiful thought. He always gives a lot of love to us, always treats his fans gently and with great care. We call him an angel without wings, our lovely Jaemin!
Jaemin has also attended a UNICEF Korea meeting to discuss climate and the environment. So, we chose to organize a kindness project that will touch the 4 lines of life: social, health, education, and climate sectors. With Jaeminnesia, I want to show his love to the world. Through a charity project which will be distributed on behalf of Jaemin, I hope, more people will know him as a kind-hearted person. I want to invite the universe to love Jaemin even more.
We know Jaemin is known for his philanthropy, how would you say he’s inspired you?
Yes. Jaemin is known for his philanthropy. As I said before, I even find it difficult to explain how he really inspires me and NCTzens. For me, it’s such a blessing to know him. He is not just an idol with his talents for singing, dancing, rap, and composing songs but there is so much more to him. However, the most beautiful thing that I really admire is his kindness and courteous manner. I really admire his loving personality. He has taught many pretty things to NCTzens around the world.
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?
Fandom is a power in itself; for their idols, for the fandom itself, and other people, even around the world. Fandoms need to use their platforms to support their respective idols through useful and meaningful things. Through this charity project, we can also introduce our idols and fandom to the world because when we spread kindness and love through our projects, we also introducing our idols as inspirational figures who always give us positive energy. In fact, not only when celebrating their idols birthdays, but several fandoms including ours in Indonesia always raise funds to help victims of natural disasters. And I feel it is very meaningful to help others. I believe the power of fandom will always have a very good impact as many good things can be done. The fandom will always be standing beside their idols and supporting them. And one of those is to spread kindness and the love that their idol represents for others.
How can people support your fundraiser?
To support this project, people can send donations to us through an existing account. The details can be found here. They can also send items to donate with us, such as clothes, books, etc. You can find us on Twitter and Instagram for more info and updates.
Thanks, Okky! We know Jaemin would be over the moon with this project!
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