Lee Junho fandom rises to the occasion to help transform Filipino children’s lives

Seeing your bias at a concert, online event, or exclusive meet and greet is life-changing. Ask members of the biggest fandoms today and they will, without hesitation, tell you about how they weren’t the same person after seeing their idols eye to eye. But stanning culture is able to do more for just the fans when passion for them is shared. Fandoms can transform the lives of those in need, as proven by the members of Lee Junho PH who donated P10,000 to World Vision (Philippines) in the name of their idol.

Lee Jun-Ho, or just Junho to his biggest fans, is best known for being one of the six members of Korean boy band 2PM, as well as playing Gu Won in top Netflix series, King the Land, Yi San in The Red Sleeve, Seo Yool in Good Manager, and Lee Gang-Doo in Rain or Shine. “The influence wielded by Junho and his dedicated fandom is truly formidable, as he has inspired hundreds to embrace the role of positive agents of change. These are the ripples of kindness and generosity that we aspire to witness shaping the world,” shares Rommel V. Fuerte, World Vision’s Executive Director.

World Vision Development Foundation is a child-focused global organization that cares for underserved Filipino children and their families, and it partners with various groups and individuals to meet its goals. World Vision – through its initiatives like the Fandoms for Change campaign – has been able to help over three million children across the country, providing quality education and holistic family care, access to safe drinking water and nutritious food sources, improved living conditions, and protection from natural calamities and socio-economic exploitation.

To be able to fund these activities, World Vision in the Philippines welcomes everyone – fans and concerned citizens alike – to make a difference in the world and a child’s life.

Lee Junho PH first came together for a fundraiser for the K-Pop star’s birthday in January 2019, and the group has since become a trusted partner of World Vision. They’re a shining example of what it means to join a fandom that comes together for good and influences others to follow their footsteps.

Lee Jun-Ho himself is an honorary World Vision Korea ambassador, making his Philippine fandom’s contribution all the more meaningful. He was chosen by the organization to represent World Vision for its “24 Hour Famine” global event that raised awareness on the state of poverty and hunger experienced by children in developing countries. After his visit to Ethiopia where he personally met with the beneficiaries of World Vision, Lee Jun-Ho shared his desire for others to understand the joy of helping those in need.

Aside from being one of its ambassadors, the top-billed performer is also a World Vision child sponsor. Every month, Lee Jun-Ho makes donations that World Vision gathers to improve the overall quality life of sponsored children. Lee Jun-Ho sponsors one child from Ghana, and another from Ethiopia whom he personally met during his visit.

The Korean idol has consistently rallied his fans to do good. In the past, Lee Jun-Ho successfully raised enough money to fund the installation of a water pump for a remote district in Ethiopia in dire need of clean water. He posted about the situation on his social media accounts and within two weeks, collected enough proceeds for the project gathered by his fans from all over the world.

Amplifying his good work and generous heart, his Philippine fandom continues his legacy this month as they celebrate their idol’s birthday with World Vision Philippines this January 25. A mini event was held in his name.

“We thank Junho and his devoted fans for this exceptional gift. It not only celebrates a remarkable individual but also contributes to securing a brighter future for the next generation,” ends Fuerte.

Visit www.worldvision.org.ph to learn more about how you and your fandom can help transform the lives of children and their families by joining small events or making long-term plans that create lasting change.

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