$100K donators’ group

April 23, 2014

Cha Seung-won, Ha Ji-won, Kim Yuna, K.J. Choi join Ryu Hyun-jin and Song Seung-hun

Ha Ji-won, Cha Seung-won, K.J. Choi

Ha Ji-won, Cha Seung-won, K.J. Choi

By Lee Kyutae

Actors Song Seung-hun, Cha Seung-won and Ha Ji-won, figure skater Kim Yuna and golfer K.J. Choi gave big to aid the victims of the ferry accident as search-and-rescue operations entered their eighth day Wednesday in waters off the southwestern island of Jindo. The five stars have each given 100 million won (nearly $100,000).

A day after Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin pledged 100 million won on April 18, Song and Kim each made 100 million won donation to the Salvation Army Korea and UNICEF, respectively. Ha and Cha gave to the Community Chest of Korea this week.

The Community Chest stated that it would use the money to send down provisions to the families of the missing who are camped out at a gymnasium in Jindo. Part of the donation will be used to aid search operations.

Choi, who plays on the PGA tour and known as Choi Kyung-joo in Korea, also donated 100 million won to Danwon High School in Ansan, which many of the victims attended. A total of 325 students from the school were on their way to Jeju Island for a field trip when the accident occurred.

Han Hee-jun, who made it to the top eight in the third season of “K-pop Star,” a televised audition program, also made a significant contribution. His performance fees of ten million won (nearly $10,000 U.S.) will now go to those still suffering through his agency in the United States.