Home > Lifestyle > People
Thursday May 1, 2014 MYT 6:10:00 PM
Thursday May 1, 2014 MYT 8:17:07 AM
South Korean actor Kim Soo-hyun in a scene from 'My Love From The Star', a TV serial drama produced in 2013.
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
Help spread message of peace, Muhyiddin urges young Malaysians
Government to build one million PPR homes
Charitable group gives ill senior citizens three meals a day
L'Occitane raises funds for the blind in Malaysia
Hasmy: Govt yet to give us report on plight of indigenous people
Crawl in the mud, then play Spiderman on the Stairway to Heaven
Record Store Day in Malaysia isn’t tied to anything official
Lafite celebrates with a nod to nouvelle cuisine
Here's the 'Batman v Superman' trailer you've been waiting for
Just like in the Big Apple
British artist Tracey Emin on her past and art
Spurs' hotshot Kane equals Lineker's 30-goal season
Malaysia best for medical travel
The Force is with Twitter
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)