On June 6, Sri Lankan news agency Lankadeepa revealed that actress Lee Young Ae donated 56.2 million won (approximately $50,000) for the relief and recovery from the recent Sri Lankan floods.
Lee Young Ae donated the money through the Korea Foundation for Persons with Disabilities and requested for it to be used for Sri Lankan flood relief and for victims that got injured or disabled. It was confirmed through the Sri Lankan foreign ministry on June 5 that the foundation sent it to the Sri Lankan Embassy in Korea.
Lee Young Ae commented, “My heart really hurt at the news of the Sri Lankan people who lost their homes and lives from the severe floods. The situation is so unfortunate as the continuous downpour worsens the damages, so I wanted to provide at least a little aid.”
Previously, historical drama “Jewel in the Palace” starring Lee Young Ae achieved explosive popularity in Sri Lanka, exceeding viewer ratings of 90 percent. To give back the love and support, Lee Young Ae donated for the establishment of the “Lee Young Ae Scholarship Fund” in Sri Lanka in 2012.