From baking elaborate cakes to preparing massive billboards to go up in Times Square, EXO-Ls around the world are preparing to celebrate EXO's 5th anniversary (April 8) in various creative ways. But for Canadian EXO-Ls, they've decided to celebrate their favourite group's anniversary in a different way.
Rather than prepare gifts or billboards, EXO Canada decided to pool their resources towards a charitable fundraising cause that EXO themselves care for deeply - raising awareness for comfort women.
Called the "Justice For The Comfort Women," with proceeds going to "The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan" organisation, EXO Canada are aiming to raise awareness about the hundreds of thousands of Asian women who were sold off to slavery and abuse during World War II.
We had a chat to fan club president Lesia Nicolov and the team at EXO Canada about this fundraiser and got a bit of insight into how everything came about.
What are your thoughts on EXO making it to 5 years?
Our fan club has kept a watchful eye on EXO since before their debut. We've seen a lot of changes, a lot of growth, and we are very proud of all they have accomplished as a group and as individuals. They've worked hard to make it to the 5 year mark and we look forward to celebrating more milestones with them!
Where did the EXO 5th anniversary fundraiser idea originate from?
We've been wanting to do a charity fundraiser for a long time. Our reach, coupled with the generosity of the fandom, could accomplish great things. When deciding on what cause to raise money for, Justice For The Comfort Women received a unanimous vote. It's a cause members of EXO personally care about so it all came together.
Have you done anything on this level/scale before?
No we have not, which is why we are so happy and proud our first fundraiser has been so warmly received! We hope we can match its success in the future.
Did you get a lot of support in getting this fundraiser project up and running?
I owe the success of this fundraiser to my team for their ideas, their research, and their motivation to spread the word about this charity. We got a shout out from Nabi Toronto, a Canadian organization involved in the awareness of comfort women; as well the attention of Canadian filmmaker Tiffany Hsuing, director of the documentary The Apology. We had shared the trailer on our project to help further educate people on the cause.
Are you working with any other EXO fan club on this project?
No we are not, but we hope to work with other fan clubs in the future.
Any other big projects lined up for the future?
We have a couple of things up our sleeve but we are keeping mum for now ;)
Do you have a message you want to send to EXO and EXO-Ls around the world?
Congratulations to EXO! We thank you for your hard work and we wish you health and happiness! You have brought us so much joy and we always look forward to what's next!
To our fellow EXO-L, we are very proud to be a part of this fandom. We have laughed together, cried together, and have found strength in each other. We are bound by our love for EXO but we will continue to look for new ways to bring us together.
For those interested in supporting this charitable cause, check out EXO Canada's "Justice For The Comfort Women" fundraiser page right here.
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