Actor Song Il Gook has donated 100 million won (approx. US$92,000) to child victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal as well as sick children in Korea.
The money is the proceeds that were made from the sale of a 2015 calendar created with photos he took of his triplets, Dae Han, Min Gook, and Man Se.
The calendar has been on sale since the end of last year, and it has sold many copies, with over 100,000 calendars pre-ordered within a single day.
Song Il Gook had originally made the calendar simply to send to his family and friends as a new years present, but after viewers saw him taking photos for the calendar on “Superman Returns,” there were many requests for it to be put on sale. Song Il Gook agreed to sell the calendar for fans of the show but promised that he would donate all the proceeds to charity. He has now done so through the organization Green Umbrella Childfund.
Song Il Gook says, “After raising my own kids, my heart goes out to sick children.”
He adds, “I decided to make a donation to the sick children who are currently suffering after the earthquake in Nepal, and to children in Korea who are battling diseases and therefore cannot go out and play on Children’s Day.”
Meanwhile, the broadcast network KBS and the Green Umbrella Childfund joined together to directly give a donation of 2 million won (US$184,000) to the Nepal embassy in Korea for use in relief and recovery efforts.