Park Bo Young, Lee Jong Suk, IU, EXO’s Chanyeol, And More Make Generous Donations In Honor Of Children’s Day
Various stars have made meaningful donations in honor of Children’s Day, a national holiday celebrated in Korea on May 5.
Earlier this week, Park Bo Young made her 10th annual donation to the Seoul Children’s Hospital through the Future for Youth foundation. Park Bo Young’s donation of 100 million won (approximately $75,800) will go towards improving art therapy for children at this hospital with developmental disabilities.
Park Bo Young has maintained a strong relationship with Seoul Children’s Hospital since 2014. Over the past 10 years, the actress has donated over 250 million won (approximately $189,700) which has funded treatment devices, air conditioners, air purifiers, and patients’ medical costs. In addition to making consistent donations, Park Bo Young has also spent nearly 120 hours volunteering at the children’s hospital.
On May 3, Lee Jong Suk made a donation of 100 million won to the children’s hospital at Asan Medical Center. His donation is said to include proceeds from the bazaar Lee Jong Suk personally held late last month and will help cover medical expenses for pediatric patients from low-income families.
According to Kim Go Eun’s agency BH Entertainment, the actress made a donation of 50 million won (approximately $37,900) to the Seoul National University Children’s Hospital. This marks Kim Go Eun’s third annual donation since 2021 and will go towards treatment for children from low-income families with severe or chronic illnesses.
On May 4, community welfare organization The Snail of Love revealed that EXO’s Chanyeol had donated 20 million won (approximately $15,200) in support of children with hearing impairments. Chanyeol’s donation will fund cochlear implant surgery and speech rehabilitation for two hearing-impaired children.
This same day, IU shared a meaningful gift with the students of Milal School, a special school for children with disabilities. For both the students and teachers at Milal School, IU gifted a lunch of pizza and drinks, as well as rice cakes she prepared with her mother. Last month, IU collaborated with Milal School students and songwriter Jehwi (who co-wrote IU’s “Through the Night”) on “One Step,” a song conveying a hopeful message to children with disabilities.
Additionally, IU shared 100 million won to ChildFund Korea, who has stated they will use the donation to help disabled children, single parents, and children raised by their grandparents. Since 2015, IU has made annual donations to ChildFund Korea.
IU uploaded her donation certificate on Twitter, showing that the donation was made under the meaningful name “IUAENA,” which is a combination of IU and her fan club UAENA. She added the caption, “With my hope to become a sturdy umbrella for a tender heart on a rainy day like today. As I am with UAENA, who is like sunshine in May, I feel the warm spring even on rainy days.”
오늘처럼 비가 오는 날,
여린 마음에 튼튼한 우산이
되어주고자 하는 마음으로.
5월의 햇살 같은
비 내리는 날에도
따스한 봄날을 느낍니다💚 pic.twitter.com/KRdESVSlLv
— 아이유(IU) 공식 트위터 (@_IUofficial) May 5, 2023
According to Asan Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital on May 5, actor Lee Byung Hun donated 100 million won in support of young children and adolescents. In addition to funding medical fees for children whose families are experiencing financial difficulties, Lee Byung Hun’s donation will go towards integrated medical services that can help alleviate pain and improve quality of life for young patients and their families.
To personally comfort young patients at the Seoul National University Children’s Hospital on Children’s Day, Lee Seung Gi gave a surprise performance. According to the hospital on May 3, Lee Seung Gi performed for patients that afternoon to help bring them joy and courage on their special day. It’s said that nearly 250 people were in attendance for his surprise event, from patients, to family members, and hospital personnel.