[NEWS] Sweat on their Bare Faces…This is EXO’s First @ Oh my Star News Part ②

“Hyung will be back.”

Last year, this was what EXO promised the children.  So when a mature EXO appeared in the middle of Myeongdong, the children could not help but tear at their return.  Anyone has a idol, but they are regular oppas with normal appearances  and for three years they are brothers to each other.  Despite their past busy year, they kept their promise and returned a year later.

EXO members D.O. (Do Kyungsoo, 22), Kai (Kim Jongin, 21), Suho (Kim Joonmyun, 24), Chanyeol (Park Chanyeol, 23),  Sehun (Oh Sehun, 21), Baekhyun (Byun Baekhyun, 23), Lay (24), Tao (22) on February 27 at  3:00 p.m. visited Seongdong’s Hawangsimni-dong’s Child Welfare Facility “Eden I Ville”. They are the fourth idol group to visit  this center this year. They had a fun time playing with children and young adults (0 to 18 years old) and cleaning bathrooms and cafeterias.

Children Taking Baby Steps to See EXO’s Warm Sincerity 

▲ EXO Kai & Baekhyun, ‘Rigorous Preparing & Cleaning.’ Kai & Baekhyun mops the cafeteria floors.

▲EXO Sehun, ‘Cleanliness is Essential.’ Sehun Cleans the Bathrooms.

The EXO on stage is different from the EXO at Hawangsimni-dong’s Child Welfare Facility. The director said seeing them interact with the children was an utmost beautiful scene not to be missed. EXO sweating on their bare faces was a scene not significantly different from that of peers. As soon as EXO and the director met each other, EXO asked questions like if the children were healthy, if they had adequate clothing, and if there were photo albums filled with the children’s pictures they could see. It is evident that EXO loves the children.

Soon after the members dressed in laid-back clothing, understandingly volunteered to clean the bathrooms. That day was EXO-M members Tao and Lay’s first time at the children’s welfare facility and they were heard getting along with the custodians, sweeping together. There were awkward moments, but with their flexible bodies and  long arms they were actively cleaning every dusty corner of the rooms.

There was child who wanted to interact with the good-looking EXO, held the door to the cafeteria but were not able to easily approach the stars turned older brothers. While EXO took the initiative to approach the shy children and warmly greet them, the children covered their faces with their hands in surprise. Like poison, the children were beginning to take baby steps to see EXO’s warm sincerity.

Playing Gonggi, Soccer…Interacting with EXO for 2 hours

▲ EXO D.O. ‘I’m good at this game.’ D.O. is playing gonggi with female students.

▲ EXO Tao & Sehun ‘Which one of us is better?’ Tao & Sehun are joking with the children.

After finishing the cleaning, everyone reunited at the multipurpose room. At first the idols and the children were sitting far away from each other, but soon the barrier between their worlds were broken. The members broke up in pairs and in circles began to play with the children. D.O. and Suho, Chanyeol, Lay, Baekhyun made four circles. The members began to play gonggi with the female students.

Even children whose legs were injured were sitting on their knees, threw their hands up in the air to sing along with the chorus. The male idols were learning how to play gonggi with the back of their hands. The children were playing gonggi, receiving encouragement, laughing, fooling around, spending time happily.

Lay, whose Korean was still not fluent, was in cold sweat when he was trying to memorize the children’s names. “I can remember them. In 10 seconds,no, in 5 seconds,” he said and he aligned the children and looked at their eyes as he studied in Korean. One kid who was fond of Lay hyung clung to his back, whined for a piggyback ride. Although Lay looked like he’s got his hands full with the kids, he made sure to protect them from getting hurt. While memorizing the names of the girls, he had one hand supporting the one clinging onto his back, making sure the child didn’t fall.

▲ EXO Lay ‘As Sweet as an Older Brother.’ Lay is talking with the children.

▲ Tao & Sehun ‘Time Quickly Passes By.’ Tao & Sehun are teasing the children.

To idols we might say that a cellphone is a closely-guarded secret. But for the sake of his dongsaengs a cellphone was insignificant. One mischievous kid threw Lay’s cellphone and recklessly pressed its buttons. A teacher reprimanded, “You shouldn’t do that,” but Lay repeatedly said, “It’s okay even if it breaks,” offering his phone back to the child.

The way the magnaes was playing with the dongsaengs had 10 times the typical-brother status. There was probably full of childish strengths. The magnae line Kai, Sehun and Tao were in charge of interacting with the children. Kai was enlightened and shouted “Let’s go play soccer” to the Taekwondo boys, and guided the mischievous boys to the playground.

Sehun and Tao teased the two boys who asked them which idol is the best joker by intensely turning them over on the floor. They displayed a side that was interested in usual bright sports. The hyungs grabbed the good kids’ legs and did not let go. Even though the rules at this facility are strict, at the end everyone is laughing and happy together.

▲ EXO Chanyeol ‘Signing.’ Chanyeol signing autographs for kids.

When the time to leave was getting near, each of the EXO members were exchanging greetings and signing autographs to leave their traces there. EXO was signing for over 30 minutes and the children with shining wishful eyes were quietly melting. They were taking their time taking pictures on the children’s cellphones with bare faces. In the blink of an eye, two hours had passed and there must have been a consensus that it was a pity that they had say their goodbyes. EXO said, “We will be back” and at the end hugged the children.

When some of the fans have heard of EXO planning to visit the children at Eden I Ville, to get a glimpse of them, the fans visited the main center and camped there. With courage, “Our oppas,” the children trying to protect EXO said, “get in the car quickly” and pushed them.  EXO who found the separation from the children as regrettable, even at the departure, rolled down the car windows and shook hands with the children. Instead, the children were comforting the members. 

The time when EXO and the children met, both sides were extremely nice to each other. Due to having busy schedules, EXO immediately after the volunteer activity ended, returned to the practice rooms. After receiving the children’s energy passionately, EXO hereafter strongly wants to return.

▲EXO D.O. ‘Say bye bye to Bro. High Five.’ D.O. is shown saying goodbye, giving high-fives as he is leaving.

Source: Oh my News
Trans cr: Icingonyou

[NEWS] EXO & Community Service Part ①

▲ EXO, “a commemorative photo with the children.” EXO-K members D.O., Kai, Suho, Chanyeol, Sehun, Baekhyun and EXO-M members Tao, Lay in the afternoon of February 27, were at Seongdong District, Seoul’s Hawangsimni-dong’s Child Welfare Facility “Eden I Ville” volunteering their time to clean bathrooms, cafeterias, play soccer and gonggi with the children, and have a good time.

“Trending Idols” EXO, Here They Become “Uncles”

Precisely a year ago on February 22, 2013, <ohmystar> joined the site of EXO’s community service. And one year later, former rookie EXO made ground as pop music’s trend with “Wolf” and “Growl.” EXO created celebratory stages at various awards ceremonies, and with the singer of the year award, they spent a busy end of the year.

The so-called “risen” idol group has no choice but to change. This is because no matter how much they try to emphasize their intentions and maintain their balance, their environment and the people that surround them become different. EXO seemed to be like that as well. Nevertheless, this rough guess only gave light, speaking of the EXO members who were bare-faced without any BB cream.

Bathroom, cafeteria? EXO Mops Diligently

▲ EXO’s Tao & Sehun suited with rubber gloves. Tao and Sehun cleaning the bathroom with sponges and small towels.

▲EXO’s Suho & Chanyeol, “Clean the bathroom, no problem!” Suho and Chanyeol sweeping and mopping the bathroom floor.

This last February 27 at 3pm, two cars came into Eden I Ville, a child welfare facility. Those who got out of the cars were EXO-K members Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O, Kai, Sehun, and EXO-M members Lay and Tao.

EXO-K has been doing community service at Eden I Ville since 4 years ago during their trainee days. Although they came again after February of 2013, the members who visited again were excited, including Lay and Tao, who had not visited last year. The 8 young men seemed to be familiar with this place. They were talking with Eden I Ville’s director Lee Soyoung when they took out a photo album on one side of the room.

“Director, is XX doing well?”
“Ah, you mean XX? He/she went to a different place a while ago”
“Really? I wanted to see him/her…”

EXO-K, who came to Eden I Ville consistently, remembered each of the children’s names. While EXO was catching up in detail with the children, they took on cleaning duty. Like last year, Chanyeol volunteered to clean the bathroom, but this time with Suho. D.O and Baekhyun headed toward the cafeteria. The members, wearing rubber gloves, showed the managers where the mops were.

“EXO Fans Consistently Send Gifts and Help Out with Community Service”

▲ EXO’s Baekhyun “I won!” Baekhyun and children are playing Rock, Paper Scissors

▲ EXO’s Tao & Sehun, ‘Hyungs is this okay?’ Tao & Sehun having fun with two children.

Once EXO began to clean earnestly, elementary and middle school aged girls came saying that they would help. Although the children were happy to meet Lay and Tao who came for the first time, they said “we thought Xiumin would come” and made the members laugh. Even the reporters followed ‘community service seniors’ EXO in perfect order by putting on rubber gloves and helping to clean. Suho worked under Chanyeol’s command in cleaning the ladies’ bathroom.

Eden I Ville is not the only place where EXO does community service. They also go to nursing homes and centers for the disabled, but they enjoy Eden I Ville the most because they can run and play with the children. When the reporter said “it seems hard for you guys to make time,” Chanyeol replied with strength that “it’s something we absolutely must do.” Suho added that “to us it’s like a type of habit” and admitted that “we learn more through community service.”

Once word got out that EXO was volunteering at Eden I Ville, fans began to send gifts and volunteered to follow their ‘oppas’. Eden I Ville’s director said that “fans send gifts for the children” and “each time, they take pictures and send their thanks to EXO.” One aspect of Eden I Ville is that “EXO is our pride” and that “the children greatly await the hyungs/oppas.”

Playing and Playing Again with the Children… “I’ll take a taxi and come back”

▲ EXO’s Tao, “He’s so funny.” A child is hitting a laughing Tao.

▲ EXO’s Kai & Kids, “Go away Messi.” Kai is playing soccer with the boys.

▲ EXO’s D.O. & Suho, “Play Gonggi with us.” D.O. and Suho plays gonggi with the girls.

To newcomers, initiation is a must. After cleaning, Lay and Tao introduced themselves to the many children. The other members greeted them with “You know my name, right? How have you been?” and boasted the dignity of being ‘superior’. After a moment of hesitation, the members paired up and began to play with the children. Kai went outside to play soccer with the boys, and the rest laughed as they played marbles.

One girl who played the role of Eden I Ville’s ‘mascot’ only followed Baekhyun. Baekhyun affectionately called the girl’s name and took care of her wherever she was. Tao and Sehun played rock paper scissors with the boys and flicked each other. Things became hectic with 8 EXO members added to the 30-something children. The foster parents gazed delightedly at the children having fun.

Time passed quickly, and it became time for EXO to say goodbye. The members expressed their regret by saying “we’ll come again.” D.O said “there were more children (than the last time we came)” and that “it’s sad that we can’t spend much time together.” Lay, who came to Eden I Ville for the first time and even secretly made a donation, said that “it would be nice if we had many opportunities to come” and that “I’ll even take a taxi and come by myself,” showing his strong will.

▲ EXO’s Chanyeol, ‘Takes Selcas with the Children’. As a commemoration, Chanyeol takes pictures with the children.

▲EXO’s Kai “Parting with little girl.” Baekhyun, Lay and Kai goes to the drop-off to say goodbye to the children.

source: ohmynews
trans: dyonut
caption trans: Icingonyou
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Eden I Ville