As COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) has awfully spread in Korea, more and more celebs are donating a large amount of money or supplies to prevent the contagion of the virus.
According to the exclusive report by SPOTV News on Feb. 27, singer-songwriter IU (also known as actress Lee Ji Eun) donated KRW 200 million to help Koreans overcome COVID-19. A half of the donation (worth about KRW 100 million) was delivered to the local charity Good Neighbors, and another half was contributed to the Korean Medical Association. In the case of Korean Medical Association, this money will be used to support the lacking aids such as protective clothing and masks.
Actress Son Ye Jin also contributed KRW 100 million to the the Daegu Community Chest of Korea, a Korean nonprofit organization. “Daegu is a special place for me than anywhere else because it’s my hometown and my parents still live there. I was so devastated when I heard the news that the entire city was damaged by COVID-19,” said Son, according to the charity on the 27th. Her donation will be delivered to the local and low-income neighbors who desperately need preventative goods and medical aids.
On the same day, actor Song Joong Ki donated KRW 100 million to the Hope Bridge Association of the National Disaster Relief to prevent COVID-19’s spread and overcome the nationwide crisis. Surprisingly, he didn’t reveal the idea of donation to his agency and personally contacted the charity this morning, even though he’s staying in Colombia to shoot his new film Bogota. All the cast and production crew of Bogota are currently carrying out their own schedules in Colombia without a problem.
Furthermore, comedian and DJ Park Myung Soo donated 20,000 masks to the seniors and the underprivileged. According to the exclusive report by YTN Star on the 27th, he asked the recipient organization, saying, “please use these masks for the elders and the disadvantaged’s prevention of the virus.” These supplies will be delivered to the welfare facilities for seniors and the disabled, who were defined as “the vulnerable class to disasters” by the City Hall of Daegu. On his own radio show aired on the 25th, Park Myung Soo criticized the reality that people are having trouble in purchasing masks both online and offline due to the shortage of stocks.