Friday, June 29, 2012

YOU made their dreams come true...Thank you!

Some were a bit camera shy, some were grinning from ear to ear, happy and excited. One pair even wrote a big Thank-You note in Japanese to thank her Japanese sponsors. Yes, every single one of them was touched and grateful. And so, from the bottom of our hearts, are we. =))
*Because of work, voting, a bout of sickness and flying about, this very important blog post was delayed. To all the kind sponsors and friends who worked tirelessly - without so much as even one word of complaint - to pull this little project through, our apologies and thank you for having waited so patiently for this update*

Two months ago, we wrote about some kind, generous folks of Henecia from the United States, Singapore and Canada who wrote in to us out of the blue, saying that they wanted to sponsor fans who couldn't afford to go to Kim Hyun Joong's first Asia Fanmeeting Tour 2012, which would be held in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and 4 other cities in China (Bangkok wasn't yet in the itinerary at the time).
Some of these sponsors couldn't fly all the way to Asia to attend the fanmeetings themselves, so decided to donate what little they have so that others could go on their behalf.
We were very surprised and very honoured to get their offers and so quickly arranged to buy tickets and linked them up with deserving fans. Then, we wrote an open letter to all HJ's fans out there, that we would work with anyone else who also wanted to similarly sponsor less well-to-do fans so that they can attend HJ's concert at least once in their lives.
The response to that open letter was...TREMENDOUS.
Donations poured in, particularly from Japan, Singapore and US.
From the total amount received (from the very first email), we managed to arrange for 9 sponsored fans to go to Singapore, 27 to Hong Kong, 55 to Taiwan's 2-day fanmeeting and 1 for Guangzhou. 
We were also able to purchase 20 extra tickets at a special price and gave them to several children and their parents/guardians from a home for the underprivileged in Taiwan, 北區家扶中心 (English version: Taiwan Fund for Children and Families) to attend the 2nd day of the TW fanmeeting, on May 19th. 
For the protection of these kids and their families, the home has a very strict policy regarding the publication of pictures. Hence, to abide by their policy, we had to 'treat' the pictures of the sponsored individuals. 

Altogether, there were 10 children, accompanied by their respective guardian/parent, who came that night, though we only received 8 thank you letters from them. Hehe... Apparently 1 or 2 of them were siblings. Maybe that's why. =))

Briefly, they wrote about how excited they were when they got to know that they would have the chance to watch the concert of 'Korean superstar Kim Hyun Joong', live. Some tried to describe how high the atmosphere was, and how they too were swept off their feet in the excitement. Some praised Hyun Joong's songs and what a rare and memorable evening it was for them. And at least 2 letters ended with the children sweetly promising that they would study harder in the future too, erm, perhaps as a way to show their appreciation? No, we didn't make them promise that at all. LoL...Truth be told, the thank-you letters from them were actually a surprise to us, as we hadn't been expecting them at all. This project in Taiwan, together with the 55 pax sponsorship, was hugely aided by a dear friend, one Ms Annie and other Henecians in Taiwan. Thank you so much for all your efforts!
Apart from the sponsorship of 27 tickets, we also printed 1000 posters to be distributed and put up in several K-pop friendly places in Hong Kong to raise more awareness of the fanmeet there. This was only achievable with the help of our OKT HK member, and her friends. She was also the point-person who handled the HK sponsorship project for us. Thank you very much Ms Alice! On the same note, thanks must also go to Ms Angela of SG, who facilitated the sponsorship project in SG. Big-big hug, girls! =)
But above all, the biggest thanks must go to all the amazing folks of Henecia who donated and made this whole sponsorship project in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan as well as Guangzhou possible.
Thank you...because your generosity this time made many dreams come true. Because of you, so many were able to watch Hyun Joong perform, LIVE, for the very first time.
In no particular order, allow me to list these kind, generous folks here. 
[@ = denotes Twitter IDs]
1)    @Lycheerose
2)    @Illublue
3)    @LuvKHJ4ever
4)    @Aixianzhong
5)    @howlovelylala
6)    @Lafone0606 (and a big number of her blog followers)
7)    横山恵子 (Ms Keiko Yokoyama)
8)    Ms Yukiko Fukuzawa
9)    Ms Ami Wong
10)  Ms Emily Dang
You guys are simply...daebak. =) Once again...thank you. xoxo....XD
Two grateful fans also wrote back to tell us their experience. We didn't request for any account up front so getting to read their words after the FM was really wonderful. One is a short and sweet message from Ms Janny (email capture) and another is a more detailed and touching one from Ms Kiara ~ you can read about it in the document below.

From sponsored fan, Ms Janny
Ms Kiara's account of her first KHJ fanmeeting


And lastly…

A pic says a thousand words, what more a montage - so I think there're at least 16,000 words in here. XP~ 
The collection above shows Kim Hyun Joong's Asia Fanmeeting 2012 in SG, TW, HK, and Guangzhou. These were the 4 out of the total 7 stops (now 8 including Bangkok) that we actually twitted live updates from. Thanks U:zoosin...and all the incredible folks of Henecia that we have met and befriended in the course of this fanmeeting, for the incredible memories. You made the 1st half of 2012 awesome for us. We are now very much looking forward to Hyun Joong's drama comeback through City Conquest in the 2nd half of 2012. When that happens, then 2012 would be just PERFECT. =))




6 comments:

  1. Wow I'm so touched! kudos to U, all who donated and whoever put efforts into this great project! I bet all Henecians and our Hyun Joong would be proud of this <3

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment...^^

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  2. What a GREAT undertaking~~Congrats to all of you generous "Henecia Souls"~~I'm pretty sure, KHJ himself, will be PROUD of how his fans have participated in this project!!
    AJA, OKT!!!

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    1. Thank you...none of this could have been possible without the generosity and cooperation of Henecians from different parts of the world. It was really a humbling experience.

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  3. I think inspiring idol begets inspiring fans...you guys are the coolest. I'm not much of a K-pop fan but from what I've read about Kim Hyun Joong so far, and what you guys have done for him, for each other, is really quite awesome. Hope your Uzoosin knows about your kindness, your dedication and your devotion too. =)

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  4. OMG.. that was such a lovely & generous project that you guys had.. i had to miss his fanmeet (as it was not in my country & i just couldnt take time off work sob sob) but i have had the opportunity to meet & shake hands with the man himself during his TFS tour. I still go straight to cloud9 everytime i remember that experience so i know that the receivers would remember KHJ & his lovely "Henecia Souls" forever.. ^_^

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