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From Park Seo Joon To Song Ga In: Korean Stars Making Contributions Amid Spread of COVID-19

Amid growing concerns over the spread of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19), a lot of celebrities in the entertainment industry are continuing their relay of donation to help people fight against the contagion.

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Park Seo Joon delivered KRW 100 million in donations related to COVID-19 to the Daegu branch of Community Chest of Korea, the local nonprofit charity, last Saturday (Feb. 22, KST). “Park Seo Joon donated KRW 100 million to help us purchase devices needed for treatments after learning of media reports that the medical team lacked sound pressure wards and mobile sound pressure devices needed to treat patients,” said the Daegu Community Chest of Korea.

Lee Young Ae also donated KRW 50 million to the Daegu Community Chest of Korea. Previously through the video produced and released by the Chinese Embassy in Seoul on Feb. 20, Lee introduced herself as an actor who had appeared in the mega hit drama Dae Jang Geum (also known as Jewel in the Palace) in Chinese, cheering up the Chinese people who suffer from COVID-19.

In the night on Feb. 24, Yoon Se Ah posted a picture showing her donation of KRW 10 million to the Daegu Community Chest of Korea on her Instagram. Yoon Se Ah sent a message of support to Daegu citizens, saying “This is my father’s hometown and where I was born as well. Cheer up, Daegu.”

Another actress Kim Go Eun also delivered 40,000 masks (which are worth about KRW 100 million) to the international relief and development NGO Good Neighbors on Feb. 21. Upon learning that children, seniors and low-income families were having trouble in buying preventative goods for COVID-19, she decided to make her own contribution.

Furthermore, trot star Song Ga In will donate all of the profits from her own songs. The singer announced that she would donate all the proceeds from the remake single of the old classic “Hwa-Ryu Chun-Mong” (released on Feb. 26) to prevent and overcome the spread of COVID-19. Song Ga In also didn’t forget to send a supporting message to her fans, saying “my elders, cheer up.”

Singer Hyomin, former member of T-ara, donated 3,000 masks to the City Hall in Daegu. “It’s not a big amount, but I hope it helps those who need them a little bit,” Hyomin said through her agency.

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Jang Sung Kyu, former JTBC’s announcer and a freelance broadcaster currently, donated KRW 50 million to the Community Chest of Korea to stop the spread of COVID-19. “I hope my small movement will be of some help to many people including the citizens of Daegu,” said Jang Sung Kyu, posting a photo of his own donation breakdown on his Instagram.

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Meanwhile, actor Park Hae Jin made a talent donation by personally appearing in the video of “COVID-19 Safety Rules for National Prevention”, prepared by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the National Fire Agency, which was released on Feb. 23. With his second consecutive talent donation following the previous video of fire safety rules produced by the National Fire Agency, Park donated his all costs of two-time productions while appearing in both videos.

In addition, many stars are joining the donation parade. Late last month, singer Hong Jin Young donated more than 5,000 masks to the Police Human Resources Development Institute located in Asan, Chungcheongnam-do and the Incheon Community Chest of Korea to prevent further infections of COVID-19. Actor and TV personality Lee Hye Young donated KRW 10 million to the Hope Bridge Association of the National Disaster Relief, while actor Ham So Won provided 10,000 masks to the City Hall of Uiwang, Gyeonggi-do. Kim Tae Kyun, member of the comedian duo Cultwo, also donated 10,000 preventive masks for children in the socially vulnerable class. Actor Kim Bo Sung recently revealed that he donated masks to prevent infections of COVID-19 on MBC‘s Radio Star show.

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