China fans of BTS' V raise $1.1 million in one hour for his birthday

The money was put to good use, as the fan club built a school, a road and a bridge in V's name. PHOTO: BTS.BIGHITOFFICIAL/INSTAGRAM

K-pop boyband BTS' legions of fans have once again proved that they are a force to be reckoned with.

For member V's upcoming 26th birthday in December, fans from his biggest fan club in China, known as China V Bar, raised a record-breaking 3 million yuan (S$618,000) in under one minute.

Even though his birthday is still half a year away, within one hour of fundraising, the birthday fund had surged to a staggering 5.4 million yuan, according to the fan club's announcement on Twitter last Saturday (May 8).

Last year, it had raised 1 million yuan in one minute and had taken 59 days to raise 5 million yuan. It subsequently reached a total of 7 million yuan after 80 days, which was a record at that time.

The money was put to good use, as the fan club built a school, a road and a bridge in V's name.

And in a show of public adoration, it also put up a birthday advertisement on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai last year, with V becoming the first solo South Korean star to have his face splashed on the world's tallest building.

V's various fans clubs around the world have also rallied to raise funds for more than 25 charities for the third anniversary of his solo hit Singularity, which was released on May 7, 2018.

Fans from countries such as the Philippines, Myanmar, Nepal, Britain, United States, Kenya, as well as South Korea, picked various causes to support.

These included Covid-19 vaccinations and pandemic aid, building a classroom, supporting a children's hospital and sending relief aid to those affected by ethnic conflict in Myanmar.

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