Fans of Korean artists took their fandom to the next level in their donation drives for Typhoon Ulysses victims in the Philippines. Philippine fan clubs set aside their biases to unite for the victims of the typhoon that has left over one billion peso worth of damage, at least 67 dead, and dozens injured and missing.
Korean Artists Fan Clubs Join Forces
The Korean Artists Organization of Philippine Fan Clubs (KOPFA) has organized a donation drive together with their affiliated fan clubs. The group is accepting cash or goods such as food, blankets, water, first aid kits, medicine, and hygiene kits. Interested parties may message their respective fan clubs or KOPFA. The “Kapit Kamay para sa Kababayan” donation drive for Typhoon Ulysses victims will run until November 20, 2020.
KOPFA is an umbrella organization of at least 47 fan clubs in the Philippines. Affiliated fan clubs include those of Hallyu superstars Park Bo-gum, Lee Min-ho, Ji Chang-wook, Lee Joon-gi, IU, as well as K-pop stars Kim Taehyung and Cha Eun-woo, among others.
Meanwhile, some fans of Park Bo-gum have been raising funds by selling tote bags. All proceeds from the sales of the Park Bo-gum tote bags will go to the victims of Typhoon Ulysses in Marikina. The group has also been supporting a food drive in Cagayan that has suffered its worst flood in four decades.
K-pop Fans Join Donation Drive for Typhoon Ulysses Victims
Fan clubs of K-pop groups have started their own donation drive. The Philippine K-Pop Convention with more than 40 affiliated K-pop fan clubs are calling for donations. Aside from cash contributions, they are in need of slippers, face masks, face shields, canned goods, and pet foods.
BTS fan groups have also initiated their own various projects. The Army’s Disaster Relief buys rice and crops from local farmers which are then donated to the typhoon victims. Meanwhile, Hold Me Tight (Kapit Cagayan, Kapit Pilipinas) and Project YNWA are geared towards relief operations for flood victims in Cagayan and Isabela.
Meanwhile, BLACKPINK fans have already distributed relief goods in Marikina. However, the group needs more funds for their planned relief operations in Marikina, Rizal, Camarines Norte, Albay, Cagayan, and Isabela.
Typhoon Ulysses Aftermath
Typhoon Ulysses made its landfall last November 11 triggering floods in Metro Manila, Cagayan, Isabela, and other parts of Luzon. Many were left stranded while some lost their homes and belongings.
While we took care in compiling the details of the donation drive for Typhoon Ulysses victims, we encourage our readers to donate to groups that exercise donation transparency.