One Direction fans know the power of their fandom. Some, like Amy of 1D Fans Give, try to use this power for good.
Since 2013, 1D Fans Give has raised nearly $100,000 for non-profits in the name of Louis, Harry, Liam, Niall, and Zayn. Amy and her team of volunteers have now put together a collection of One Direction fan art to commemorate the five years of One Direction, turned it into a beautiful coffee table book, and are selling it to raise money for six different charities dedicated to the boys.
For Liam, it’s Doctors Without Borders. Niall, Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland. Louis, Eden Dora Trust. Harry, the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard. And Zayn, an undeniably crucial part of the past five years and not to be counted out, is the British Asian Trust. They also included the Women’s Aid Federation of England, dedicated to One Direction’s music as a whole.
Ariel, one of the volunteers of 1D Fans Give, personally fronted over $7,000 to have the books made in order to keep the individual purchase cost lower. $12 per book will be split between the six charities, and the rest will go back to cover the original costs. Amy says her team takes home no profit; all money made goes straight to the cause.
The biggest push 1D Fans Give can ever hope for is attention from one of the boys—and they were excited to wake up the other day to find none other than Harry Styles had followed their charity account on Twitter. Harry currently follows less than 2,000 people (while having 24.8 million followers), so a follow from him means a lot.
“I’m still in shock,” Amy told us. “We’re in our third year of raising money, and a follow from any of the guys wasn’t something I ever expected, but Harry has been very supportive of our efforts. For his birthday in February this year, he favorited a tweet about our drive, which gave us a huge boost.”
Only 300 softcover and 200 hardcover editions of the book, titled “From Stairs to Stadiums,” are available. Each page showcases a piece of art by a fan that represents one of the songs One Direction has recorded or performed in chronological order over the past five years—from Torn to Act my Age.
To order, visit http://www.1dfansgive.com/1d-art-book/.