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Over the years, Soshified has increasingly shifted its focus from physical gifts to charitable ventures in an effort to spread the Girls' Generation/SONE love. With the 5th Anniversary being such a significant milestone and cause to celebrate big, we will not be limiting ourselves to just one day but making it a year-long celebration. During this time, we hope to release some exciting projects that will not only highlight to the girls just how much we love them but also the international bonds of friendship that they have created. To kick off our efforts, we will be hosting a month-long collection to donate to the Korean Retinitis Pigmentosa Society (KRPS). Not only have Taeyeon, Tiffany, Sooyoung and Seohyun been appointed KRPS ambassadors, but Sooyoung's father heads the organization.
PAYPAL/CONCEALED CASH: Deadline August 31
1. We will be accepting both Paypal and concealed cash donations.
- Send payments to --removed--
- Send your payment as a Personal:Payment Owed. Do NOT click the 'Personal Gift' option to prevent having to pay a fee. Paypal has been cracking down on this loophole. Please pay all PayPal fees if applicable. If you have any issues, please refer to this PayPal tutorial.
- Please include the following in the Paypal subject box: [5TH KRPS] SSF Display name.
- Donations must be in USD
- If you donate by concealed cash, you do so at your own risk. Please wrap it carefully.
- Include a slip of paper with your SSF Display name. This is extremely important!
- Mail donations to the below address:
4. Use the below format to post your donation in this thread:
Username: Country: Amount: Method (PP/CC):
Q: I can't donate much, should I even bother?
A: Yes! Every donation helps.
Q: Do I become a Donor if I donate?
A: If you make a net donation (after Paypal fees are subtracted if applicable) of $10 USD or more, you will become a Donor as long as you are not a color already.
Q: Can I donate anonymously?
A: Yes! Just make a note in your donation that you wish to remain anonymous. Please still include your display name in your donation so we can make sure you get your Donor status if you donate $10 or more.
More information about the KRPS…
Retinitis pigmentosa, abbreviated as “RP”, refers to a set of rare genetic eye diseases that affect the retina of the eye and sometimes leads to going blind. Its rarity has resulted in a lack of information on the disease, and patients often live with the fear of losing their vision, unaware that several effective treatments, medicines and supplements have been developed to protect the retina and delay the disease’s development. In addition, several new drugs are currently in a clinical testing phase.
The KRPS, headed by Sooyoung’s father, Choi Jungnam, works to provide patients with updated medical information and to console and encourage patients to fight the disease and slow its progression. Over 1/3rd of patients suffer from depression and are offered free counseling. In addition, the organization is currently negotiating with South Korean government agencies to make drugs used to treat retinitis pigmentosa covered under the national health insurance program. The KRPS also makes bulk purchases of some supplements in order to provide them to patients at a lower cost. In the future, the KRPS looks to set aside funds to provide financial support to low-income patients.
After Choi Jungnam’s appointment as President of the KRPS, the organization has focused on supporting medical research into retinitis pigmentosa and making the voice of retinitis pigmentosa patients heard in the medical community. In 2010, a research group made up of dedicated and renowned researchers and doctors was established in the Department of Ophthalmology in Seoul National University. KRPS and the Department of Ophthalmology now exchange information and support, and RP patients are able to receive a higher level of specialized care and professional medical help than ever before.
The research group is currently conducting clinical trials on several drugs, and if proven effective, patients will be able to receive better medication. In addition, due to the difficulty in accurately diagnosing retinitis pigmentosa, the Department of Ophthalmology is developing an advanced gene examination system to limit misdiagnoses. Research is also being conducted in cooperation with medical centers in the United States, England, Hong Kong, Japan, and the International Retinitis Pigmentosa Association based in Switzerland. After results emerge from research conducted in Korea, the department will collaborate with research centers in American universities for projects such as joint clinical experiments.
The majority of funds donated to the KRPS go towards research, as determined by the majority of the members of the organization. As newer medicines are developed, some funds are also allotted for less fortunate patients who cannot afford the latest drugs. Finally, KRPS provides medical aid for people with weak vision.
All efforts by the Korea Retinitis Pigmentosa Society are made on a very small budget, and any donations are helpful and greatly appreciated. Thus, the KRPS is Soshified’s charity of choice for the 2012 year.