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.
Right now the world is facing an unprecedented amount of natural disasters, with only a small amount of them ever making it into the media. In 2020 alone, there were a total of 416 natural disasters worldwide. Climate change continues to cause such disasters, with extreme patterns of weather destroying millions of communities and leaving devastating impacts for the poorest people in the world. Whatmore, during all of this, women and girls tend to be the ones who suffer the most during these emergencies. More women than men are typically the fatalities in rapid-onset disasters. The increased vulnerability that women and girls face in emergencies is far from natural, but the result of gender inequality and discrimination they experience in their everyday lives.
But natural disasters aren’t the only thing causing a crisis. Violent conflicts are contributing to poverty in various ways including but not limited to damage to infrastructure, institutions, and productions, the breakup of communities and social networks, forced displacement, and increased unemployment inflation. There is an underlying acceptance of violence against women and girls in a number of societies in armed conflicts, with unaccompanied women and girls, elderly women, lone female heads of households, and disabled women being the most vulnerable. Women and girls are also limited to access to basic services like education and healthcare during conflicts which contribute to the increase of structural inequalities.
In honor of Louis Tomlinson and his upcoming 30th birthday, Louies are fundraising for ActionAid. We spoke to some of the organizers to learn more about the project.
Could you introduce yourselves to our readers?
We are @louispromosquad. We are a promotional account for Louis Tomlison with a team made up of 8 amazing individuals all across the globe. Our goal is to promote his work and activities to his fans and the general public.
In honor of Louis Tomlinson and his upcoming 30th birthday, you’re fundraising for ActionAid What inspired you to create this project?
Every year we try to come together to create a project for his birthday that involves the entire fandom and campaigns like this are the perfect way to do that! This year we decided to team up with three other big Twitter accounts dedicated to the promotion of Louis and his work, @LouisWTNews @LouisT91Updates @kingLWTPromo, to combine our forces and followers in order to be able to bring attention to the fundraiser and raise more money. Not only are we recognizing Louis’s birthday with this project but also helping others in need and since that is something close to Louis’ heart, it is an amazing “gift” to him that we know he supports.
What can you tell us about Actionaid? How will the project’s funds support the charity?
ActionAid is an international charity that works towards ending violence against women and girls and fighting poverty so that they can create the future they want. They work to ensure that women and girls are away from harm, able to earn a living, claim their rights, and have their rights and leadership prioritized during times of crisis. They also offer humanitarian responses to emergencies and disasters around the world and carry out research and policy analysis to push for change. They work in a number of places, including Afghanistan, Brazil, Haiti, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. All donations will go directly to ActionAid.
We know Louis has been heavily involved in charity work and philanthropy throughout his career. How would you say he inspires you?
Louis Tomlinson inspires us in so many ways! Many of us grew up watching him be heavily involved in charity work and philanthropy so it was instilled in us at a very young age. Louis has always inspired us to take part in things bigger than ourselves and help others at every opportunity we get.
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 believe that fandoms are one of the biggest forces around and why not harness that energy into something to help others? If we have the power to promote and chart songs then we have the power to help so many people around the world. Especially when an artist is between projects, not only do we get to exercise the skills we have learned as being fans but also put them to good use helping those in need.
How can people support your fundraiser?
People can support our fund by visiting our JustGiving page or through our tweets on @louispromosquad or through the accounts of those who helped create the project. We also want to note that while monetary support is great, we realize that not everyone can donate so sharing the campaign is equally as amazing and we appreciate the support in all forms. We will be tweeting updates and more information about the campaign as we approach his birthday! If anyone has any questions pertaining to the campaign or the work we do, please feel free to reach out to us or any of the other accounts involved!
Thanks, guys! We know Louis will be proud!
Will you be supporting this project? Do you know of other fandoms doing good for a worthy cause? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP!
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