The Echelon is an out-of-this-world fan army that LOVES international megaband 30 Seconds To Mars -- and there’s a particular crew of superwomen fans making Earth a way better place in honor of their fave pop-rock Martians.
Ana S, Faye Kal, Katie Clark, Miss E!, Sophie Kay and Alicia Zen are the lady leaders of This is A Call To Arms - a new Echelon charity organization that unites some of their pro-social campaigns under one rad roof. These gals roll "Transformer-style" -- building on each other's efforts and working together to help promote all the good that The Echelon is doing! (Sorry, they don't actually morph into a giant fembot.)
They definitely have the do-good chops for the job: Sophie and Alicia founded Echelon Donates, the group responsible for planting 71,000 trees in Haiti for Jared Leto’s 40th bday, and Ana S started All Echelon Help when she was just 16. The campaign raised over 13 million grains of rice for hungry children in Cambodia. As Alicia explains, “We’re trying to bring all the different Echelon organizations together so it’s a one-stop shop. There are so many fans trying to do something positive and now they can utilize the site to get it out there or join an existing effort.”
These fierce philanthropists are from all over the world -- Greece, Australia, France and the United States -- and they unite under a sisterly bond of 30STM mania (most of 'em sport 30STM tats too) and a desire to make a difference. It’s like they’re the Lady Avengers of The Echelon!
So what’s the first project the heroines of This is A Call To Arms (AC2A) are tackling? They’re teaming up with Sean Penn’s amazing charity J/P HRO, which is dedicated to rebuilding and sustaining life in post-earthquake Haiti. The goal is to raise $20,000 for J/P HRO’s “Help Haiti Home” campaign. The even created a video for the campaign:
AC2A is currently gathering some sweet swag to auction off and all proceeds go to the HHH campaign. There will be 30STM stuff fo sho, plus they’ve also got signed items from Lostprophets, Lit and Everclear. They've also a bigger vision: Recruiting a mobilized unit of The Echelon fan army for a special conference in Haiti combining Mars camaraderie and community service.
“30 Seconds To Mars inspired us to get off our asses and actually do something. I never thought about reaching outside of my community to gain a global aspect until I started listening to the band,” Alicia told us. “That’s why we want to reach more fans to get them involved as well. We want to share our inspiration and willingness to do something and get others to feel that same passion.”
Clearly their dedication isn't going unnoticed -- Echelon Donates (Alicia and Sophie’s first charity project) was just nominated for a CNN Hero award! Let's hope they become a finalist! We TOLD y’all these ladies were real-deal superwomen! And you don't need to be a diehard 30STM stan or rock a cape to join these Echelon crusaders -- just take action below by supporting AC2A's efforts in Haiti!