IU and Kim Go Eun have donated to help victims of the ongoing wildfire in Uljin.
On Friday, March 4, a large wildfire began on the eastern coast of Korea on a mountain near the seaside town of Uljin in North Gyeongsang Province. It spread to the nearby city of Samcheok in Gangwon Province and has destroyed more than a hundred homes and evacuated thousands of people.
On March 5, the Hope Bridge Association of the National Disaster Relief stated that IU had donated 100 million won (about $82,200) for the support of temporary housing for victims of the fire. IU made the donation after learning of the wildfire and thinking carefully about what kind of help the victims needed most. The donation will be used to build temporary housing for families who have lost their houses in the fire and have nowhere else to go.
The secretary-general of the Hope Bridge Association, who went to Uljin immediately after the fire broke out, stated, “In a situation where many victims are suffering after losing their homes due to the sudden wildfire, IU’s warmhearted assistance will enable us to support the things they need until they can return to their daily lives.”
IU regularly donates to meaningful causes and has made generous donations to disaster relief, such as flooding or COVID-19.
Actress Kim Go Eun also donated to the Hope Bridge Association, giving 50 million won (about $41,100) for the use of victims and for recovery efforts in the region.
Kim Go Eun said, “I am very worried for the people who have lost their places of living due to the wildfire. I hope that the fire is quickly extinguished and does not spread further. I hope that this can be of warm assistance to the local residents who are victims and to the firefighters as well.”
Kim Go Eun has donated to the Gangwon Province mountain fire in 2019 and to low-income families struggling due to COVID-19 in 2020. She also donated to the children’s hospital at Seoul National University Hospital for Children’s Day in 2021.
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