- In honour of Kim Hye Ja’s extensive volunteer work and charitable donations for children in Africa, a welfare centre bearing the actress’s name will be established and built by 2010. Young An Corporation and World Vision are joining forces to build a facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the protection and education of children in poverty. Kim Hye Ja stated that she will bear responsibility worthy of the facility bearing her name.
In relation, Kim recently visited Sudan with World Vision and donated 40 million won to build a health centre in the city of Tonj.
- Actress Moon Geun Young is donating a facility in Haenam, South Jeolla-do to Good People (NGO) to continue being run as a study centre. In 2006, Moon stepped in with 300 million won upon hearing that the study centre being run by pastor Bae Yo Seob and his wife would have to shut down due to financial difficulties. She had a facility built specifically for the Christian-run Ends of the Earth Study Room (땅끝 공부방) that includes a library, computer lab, and cafeteria. Now, she is turning over the building ownership to the international NGO (after Bae declined). Moon stated, “Although I’m actually Buddhist, the heart I have for children in hardship [doesn’t discriminate]. I hope that the children at Ends of the Earth Study Room will remain happy and healthy.” A ceremony to commemmorate the donation was held at the centre today.
- Singer-actor Andy will contribute part of the proceeds from his April 25 fan meeting (‘First Love in China’) in Chengdu, China to help disabled children. Last November, Andy donated money to help children with heart disease in Qingdao after his fan meeting in the city.
- Celebrities Lee Jin Uk, Park Jin Hee, and Sean (with son, Noh Ha Rang in a stroller) participated in Aveda’s Walk for Water walkathon. Any citizen could participate in the six kilometre course starting at Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon Plaza to promote the protection of clean water for Earth Month 2009. With the slogan “Clean Water: it only takes baby steps”, Aveda offered to donate one won for each metre walked by each person (maximum 6,000 won per person).