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Published: Thursday May 1, 2014 MYT 6:10:00 PM
Updated: Thursday May 1, 2014 MYT 8:17:07 AM

Actor Kim Soo-hyun donates RM949k to Sewol tragedy students, families

Popular South Korean actor Kim Soo Hyun donated 300 million won (RM949,000) to Danwon High School, which is believed to have lost 250 of its students and teachers in the Sewol ferry disaster.

Kim Soo-hyun’s management company, Keyeast, announced on April 24 that the 26-year-old actor, famed for appearing in Korean serials Dream High and My Love From The Star had decided to donate 300 million won to Danwon High School, in the city of Ansan.

Keyeast said in a statement that the actor, who also sings and models, “has been looking for the ways to help and decided to donate directly to the students and the victim’s families” and that he “hopes the donation is used for the treatment and recovery of students and victim families.”

Kim Soo-hyun joined other Korean actors and entertainers who have donated to funds assisting families affected by the disaster. Among those who also made donations include Cha Seung-won, Song Seung-heon, Jung Il-woo, Joo Sang-wook, Park Shin-hye, and Oh Yeon-seo.

Kyuhyun, member of popular K-Pop boyband Super Junior, also made a donation to the school amounting to 25 million won.

Danwon High School came under international attention recently when the ferry, MV Sewol, capsized off the south coast of South Korea on April 16. They were on their way to the resort island of Jeju.

Of the 476 people believed to have been on board during the incident, 325 were second-year students and teachers from Danwon High School – only 75 from the school survived.

As of April 29, the bodies of 155 students and four teachers have been recovered from the ferry – representing roughly about 80% of the ferry’s death toll.

It’s believed that up to 250 students and teachers from Danwon perished in the ferry disaster, but numbers remain unconfirmed until the ongoing body recovery efforts are completed.

Additional tragedy struck the school when its vice principal, Kang Min-kyu, 52, who was rescued from the ship committed suicide two days after. He left a note that blamed himself for organising the school trip, which was the reason why the students were on board the ferry.

Outpourings of grief have been overwhelming. According to Korea’s Yonhap news agency, a memorial altar set up in the Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall near the school had received more than 40,000 visitors in less than two days since it opened on April 23. – Reuters

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, People, charity, celebrity, South Korea, Kim Soo hyun, donation, Sewol, ferry, tragedy, Danwon High School

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