UPDATE Sept. 18:
According to EDAM Entertainment, not only did IU donate to Snail of Love, but also donated the same amount to KUMFA (Korean Unwed Mothers’ Families Association, formerly Miss Mama Mia).
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IU also thanked her fans through her label.
“Just like violets that are more beautiful when they bloom together.
Just like fireflies that are more bright when they stay together.
IU and UAENA shine the most when we are together.
We sent small kindness in our name to places that need warmth, gathering our fragile but silently sparkling hearts.
Thank you and I love you, UAENA.”
IU and her fan club UAENA donated for hearing impaired children to mark the 12th anniversary of her debut.
According to a media outlet, IU delivered 50 million KRW (about 43,087 USD) under the name “IUAENA” to Snail of Love, an organization dedicated to help provide cochlear implants and hearing aids to those in need.
An official from Snail of Love said, “It looks like the artist donated in the hope that it will be used to find sound for deaf children. We are grateful that she donated once again following last year. We didn’t release a separate press release last year and this year because she didn’t want this donation to be made public.” IU and her fans also donated the same amount to Snail of Love to mark the singer’s 11th-anniversary last year.
IU, who made her debut on September 18, 2008, has been continuing her good deeds. In addition to her donations to Snail of Love with UAENA every year, she has also been showing good influence by sharing to places in need, including medical staff fighting against COVID-19, underprivileged children, college students suffering from financial difficulties, and children suffering from leukemia.
Last year, Forbes named IU on the list of “Asia’s 2019 Heroes Of Philanthropy” and wrote that she has given a total of $800,000 to a variety of causes since 2018.