Malaysia’s K-pop fans are joining the rest of the country currently hard at work to clear up the devastation caused by last weekend’s floods.
Fans of various South Korean groups, including NCT, have collectively raised nearly RM26,000 for flood relief efforts, using mostly Twitter to run their crowdfunding campaigns with hashtags like “#NCTzenBantu” and “#MYARMYhelp.”
More than 64,000 people across affected areas, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Pahang, Melaka, Terengganu, Kelantan, Perak, and Negeri Sembilan, were evacuated from their homes, while at least 17 people have been killed, according to Selangor state Chief Minister Amirudin Shari.
NCT fans raised RM21,000 (US$5,000) for various NGOs. Those interested to help may contribute to the bank accounts listed here.
BTS fans, aka the ARMY, have so far raised RM3,000 for Selangor, Melaka, and Kuala Lumpur. Those interested to contribute may fill up a form.
Blackpink fans have raised more than RM1,400 for medical supplies to be sent to various shelters. Those who would like to contribute can make donations via PayPal through the official Malaysian fan Twitter account.
There are other donation drives taking place outside the K-pop world, here’s a list of other avenues where you can help:
Sarah May Low Tarot Academy
Malaysian tarot reader Sarah May Low just launched a “Goal Digger” journal (RM100) via her academy for people who want to write down their hopes and dreams for next year. All proceeds from selling the diary will go to NGOs assisting with flood relief efforts. Order one here.
Community organization Only Friends has collected RM740 today for shelters in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Negeri Sembilan areas. Reach out to them online.
LGBTQ-friendly nonprofit Jejaka is raising RM1,500 for tools to help clean up transgender-led SEED Foundation Malaysia, whose space at Jalan Tiong Nam in Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, was devastated by the flood. Contribute here.
Furry Kids Safe Haven
Animal shelter Furry Kids Safe Haven is in need of boats so they can evacuate stranded pets at Taman Sri Muda in Shah Alam. Send a text to +60196625233 if you can help.