Friends and I have been contemplating to formalized our group here in Korea, however we didn’t want the stigma of in-fighting and intrigues that sometimes happen because everyone wants to be the leader. When typhoon Yolanda devastated the Philippines, we felt the need to help any way we can. So on November 9th, we decided to form the group and do a fundraising. We started thinking about what we would name our group. I sent text messages to friends who were not in the meeting on November 9th, asking them if they would like to join.
To help raise money for typhoon Yolanda victims, we agreed to sell accessories and ask for donations. Our original goal was to donate food for the typhoon victims, but an article on the Inquirer inspired us to raise money to build ONE boat.
Our first hurdle was finding a place to do our fund drive. We were lucky that Chungmu Art Hall gave permission for us to set up at the side of their main building. On Friday morning, four of us met at a friend’s house to arrange the accessories that we were going to sell. That Friday night at around 8 o’clock in the evening, I posted an invitation asking everyone to join us.
On Saturday afternoon, we set up the tables that Chungmu Art Hall lent us and had our accessories displayed. Mango Mania donated three boxes of mangoes, while Razel Kim prepared leche flan for us to sell. Anne and her husband made the “Thank You” banner. Razel’s husband made the donation boxes. Chungmu Art Hall is not a crowded venue, but with the perseverance of the ladies in the group we were able to collect enough money to buy us a boat for a fisherman. The expenses we incurred that day and the time we spent are part of our contribution, plus the ladies also gave individual donation to the cause.
We were ecstatic with the generosity of those who donated. And that same night, “The 601 Habit” became the official name of the group. Why 601? It’s the apartment number we frequent for our Saturday bonding “habit”. Find out about what we do on our official Facebook page.