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.
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 400,000 children and adolescence between the ages of 0-19 years old are diagnosed with cancer and is the leading cause of death. In Mexico, around 800 childhood cancer cases are expected within the southeast region. What’s even more concerning is a pressing amount of these children lack access to diagnosis or treatment due to the distance from the hospital, as well as lack of awareness of the symptoms and curability.
Banco de Tapitas was first started as a movement by young Mexicans, students, and professionals at the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Universidad Tecmilenio, Universidad del Valle de Mexico, and Universidad Iberoamericana with the intention to fight childhood cancer through recycling, particularly of the caps from chemotherapy sessions. The program is aimed at patients who are in need of support when it comes to completing their treatment for cancer. The different types of care include therapy sessions, food supplies, medication, transportation scholarships, medical scholarships, payments of fees, and surgical procedures to name a few.
In honor of Liam Payne and his upcoming birthday, fans have chosen to fundraise for Banco de Tapitas. We spoke to the project organizer, Alexandra, to learn more.
Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Well, my name is Alexandra. I’m from Mexico, from Mexico City specifically. I’m a student of International Relations at UNAM, I’m 18 years old and I’ve been a fan of Liam since 2013, I’ve been following his solo career since he announced in 2016 that he would be part of Capitol artists. I really like reading and knowing new things about any topic, and one of my hobbies is watching anime.
In honor of Liam Payne’s birthday, you’ve chosen to fundraise for Banco de Tapitas. What inspired you to create this fundraiser?
My inspiration for this fundraiser came from Liam. I had been thinking about doing a charity project to do with Liam for a while and decided that his birthday was the perfect opportunity. He was the reason for my inspiration as he usually does charity work, I decided to do a project because it relates to Liam’s essence and his heart.
What can you tell us about Banco de Tapitas? How will the project’s funds support the charity?
Banco de Tapitas started as a movement of young Mexicans, students and professionals from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Universidad Tecmilenio, Universidad del Valle de México and Universidad Iberoamericana with the intention of supporting the fight against childhood cancer through recycling. Banco de Tapitas has different programs for medical treatment, to fulfill the dreams of their patients and even for a shelter, they run where they provide free accommodation, food, and other services to patients.
It is called Banco de Tapitas because they collect plastic lids, every thousand plastic lids from a chemotherapy session for a child, they also receive money to be able to buy oncological medicines and all the above mentioned. The project All we want for Liam’s Birthday will contribute to pay for some of these services, as the treatments are usually a bit expensive, and this foundation provides free support to children and young people who need it.
We know Liam Payne has been heavily involved in charity work and philanthropy throughout his career. How would you say he inspires you?
Liam Payne has inspired me in many areas of my life, and the altruistic work he does is one of them, I usually help as much as I can, but because of the pandemic I was limited in what I could do and I found a way to make a small change in the world thanks to Liam. This charity work that Liam has done throughout his career has motivated me to organise projects like this and in the future, I hope to get my own fund for children because they are the little voices that are sometimes ignored and who have the most to say.
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?
I believe that fandoms can be strong as long as there is mass organisation. I’ve seen many fandoms outside of the Liam Payne fandom do charity work in this way and it’s great that they come together to spread the word and donate, it’s little things that make us form a kind of brotherhood where we can all be a part of it. The importance of fandoms carrying out projects like these is that they can reach a large audience in order to help and bring a little light into the world.
How can people support your fundraiser?
People can donate to the Paypal account I made for the project, if their currency is the euro they can donate to a second account, the account belongs to Angel (@AngelLotsofLove) a friend of mine, this in order to save the difference in currency. They can also donate on their own to the Banco de Tapitas Paypal account. They can also share the project, a retweet helps to spread the word and is more than enough.
Thanks, Alexandra! We know Liam would be so proud of you!
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