South Korea is grieving because of one of its worst fire disasters in over a decade: Uljin wildfire. Due to these circumstances, over 20 Korean actors and celebrities decided to step in with their exemplary donation to help relieve the burden of Uljin wildfire victims
Uljin Wildfire: WORST Fire Disaster in South Korea in 20 Years, Destroying Over 53,000 Acres of Land
Just when you think that the wildfire scene in Jirisan Korean drama is frightening, the actual fire disaster had happened recently in Uljin, South Korea.
Thousands of South Korean citizens had fallen victim to the angry fire spreading in Uljin, a county in North Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. The fire disaster broke out on March 4 and has destroyed more than 53,000 acres of land and burned down 570 houses and facilities reported on Tuesday. As a visual comparison, the Uljin wildfire has basically destroyed land with the size of 30,000 soccer fields, from Uljin to Samcheok, Gangwon-do.
Uljin wildfire is the worst fire disaster in South Korea for a decade. Lasting for almost a week, the fire disaster has forced over 7,400 people to escape their homes. In addition, it has also burned down the houses of over 1,075 people, according to Korea JoongAng Daily on Sunday. As a result, these wildfire victims must evacuate to 28 emergency shelters in public facilities and schools nearby.
Indeed, Uljin wildfire has become the worst fire disaster in South Korea in more than two decades since wildfire in 2000.
15+ Korean Actors Stepping in with Exemplary Donation to the Wildfire Victims
Due to the gravity of this fire disaster in South Korea, the authorities have dispatched tens of thousands of personnel, including firefighters, police, coast guards and military soldiers. They have also continuously sent relief goods for the victims, including COVID-19 prevention items.
Therefore, supporting the government of South Korea to relieve the burden of Uljin wildfire victims, these 15+ Korean actors decided to step in and make exemplary donation.
1. IU (Lee Ji Eun)
First on the list we have one of Korea’s best idol actress with successful career, IU. On March 5, the Hope Bridge Association of the National Disaster Relief announced that IU had made 100 million won (approximately 82,000 USD) to support the temporary shelter and housing for Uljin wildfire victims.
“In this situation, where many victims are suffering after losing their homes because of the sudden wildfire, IU’s warmhearted assistance will enable us to support the victims until they can return to their daily lives.”Secretary General of Hope Bridge Association.
2. Kim Go Eun
On the same day, “Goblin” actress Kim Go Eun also made 50 million won donation to the same association, Hope Bridge. The actress’ contribution will be beneficial to support the victims and recovery of the Uljin wildfire in South Korea.
“I am truly worried for the people who have lost their homes due to the wildfire. I really hope that the fire is quickly extinguished and does not spread further. That is why hopefully that this can be of generous assistance to the local residents who have fallen victims, and to the firefighters as well.”Kim Go Eun.
3. Lee Byung Hun
Thirdly, we have one of the most respected South Korean actors, Lee Byung Hun, with his generous donation for the worst fire disaster in South Korea, the Uljin wildfire.
On March 6, Hope Bridge Association announced that Lee Byung Hun had made 100 million won donation for the cause. And this donation will be useful for emergency relief and temporary housing for the victims of the Uljin wildfire who had lost their homes.
4. Lee Hyeri
The next on the list of Korean actors who made donation for the Uljin wildfire in South Korea was actress and member of Girls’ Day, Lee Hyeri.
Further in their announcement, the Hope Bridge Association mentioned that, apparently, Lee Hyeri was among the firsts to call them when the fire broke out on Friday. She asked the association how to best help the victim and decided to make donation of 50 million. Her donation will provide aid to the firefighters and children from low-income families.
“Many victims are suffering after losing their livelihoods because of the sudden wildfire. I am extremely grateful for Hyeri’s generous donation, which follows the donations by IU, Kim Go Eun, and Lee Byung Hun.”Secretary General of Hope Bridge Association.
5. Song Kang Ho
At the same time, “Parasite” actor Song Kang Ho also donated 100 million won to Hope Bridge Association for the same cause.
Regarding his donation, Song Kang Ho’s Sublime Artist Agency stated that the actor hoped to help the wildfire victims.
“Actor Song Kang Ho decided to extend his generosity, hoping that he could be of at least a little help to the victims affected by the wildfire.”Sublime Artist Agency.
6. Park Bo Young
The next day after the fire broke out on Friday, “Doom at Your Service” actress Park Bo Young also donated 50 million won. The actress made her donation to the same association to create temporary shelter and housing for the victims. It will also help provide emergency relief kits and support thousands of firefighters who have been fighting relentlessly in challenging situations.
7. Lee Je Hoon
Then, on March 6, Hope Bridge Association also revealed that actor Lee Je Hoon of “Hot Stove League” and “Taxi Driver” made 100 million won donation to provide emergency relief for the Uljin wildfire victims.
“I hope that enough necessary relief supplies are quickly provided to victims and firefighters who are working at the site of the wildfire. Also, I hope that the extinguishing of the wildfire and damage recovery can happen as soon as possible.”actor Lee Je Hoon.
8. Park Min Young
Next, we have actress Park Min Young of top-rated “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim” and “Forecasting Love and Weather” Korean dramas. The actress donated 100 million won and wished that it would go for temporary housing for the victims.
“After hearing about the victims of the wildfire, Park Min Young felt so heartbroken. So she decided to donate out of her desire to help the wildfire victims get back on their feet as soon as possible.
To the wildfire victims, we truly hope that Park Min Young’s little show of support will be of at least a little bit of strength to you.”Park Min Young’s Hook Entertainment agency.
9. Shin Min Ah
Along with Park Min Young, actress Shin Min Ah also made a 100 million donation to provide emergency relief goods and necessities for the wildfire victims.
10. Lee Jong Suk
Furthermore, actor Lee Jong Suk who recently revealed various trivia facts also expressed his utmost sympathy to the Uljin wildfire victims. The Korean actor made a 100 million won donation on March 7, to create mobile homes and temporary housing for the wildfire victims.
11. Song Hye Kyo
South Korea’s prominent pride actress Song Hye Kyo also made a donation to help the victims of Uljin wildfire. The actress donated 100 million won to the National Red Cross of South Korea on March 7. Amidst her busy schedule, Song Hye Kyo hoped that the victims could return to their daily lives as soon as possible.
“I hope that the victims who lost their homes due to the wildfire will quickly be able to return to their everyday lives. Furthermore, I hope this donation will help many people, including victims and on-site emergency relief workers.”Song Hye Kyo to the South Korean National Red Cross.
12. Kim Hye Soo
At the same time, “Juvenile Justice” actress Kim Hye Soo also donated 100 million won to the Hope Bridge Association. Her donation will help provide emergency relief kits and other necessary items for the victims.
13. Kim Se Jeong
“Business Proposal” and “The Uncanny Counter” actress Kim Se Jeong donated 10 million won for relief goods for the victims.
14. Yoon Jung Hee
Actress Yoon Jung Hee of “Now, We Are Breaking Up” also contributed 50 million won for the Uljin wildfire victims.
“I have carried out my desire to help citizens of areas that have been affected by the wildfire.”Yoon Jung Hee.
15. Yoon Se Ah
Controversial drama “Snowdrop” and “SKY Castle” actress Yoon Se Ah donated 10 million won for the victims. On March 8, she stated on her Instagram, “I sincerely hope that a tragedy like this will not repeat.”
16. Kim Woo Bin
“Our Blues” actor and Shin Min Ah’s proud boyfriend, Kim Woo Bin, made a 100 million donation to support the Uljin wildfire victims.
17. Kim Dong Wook
At the same time, Korea’s top actor Kim Dong Wook of “Find Me in Your Memory” and “You Are My Spring” donated 50 million won to support various necessities for the victims.
18. Hyun Bin & Son Ye Jin
Finally, Korea’s favorite newly-engaged couple, Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin, made a 200 million donation in total. Their funds will cover the expenses for emergency relief goods and necessities.
19. Kim Hee Sun
On March 9, actress Kim Hee Sun also donated 100 million won via the National Red Cross of South Korea.
“I made a donation to share the pain of residents who lost their homes due to the unexpected wildfire and to help rebuild the forest a little. I hope that the suffering victims can return to their daily lives and that the forest destroyed by the wildfire can be restored as soon as possible.”Kim Hee Sun
Other South Korea Celebrities Who Contributed to the Donations
Yong Jun Hyung
Singer and former Highlight member Yong Jun Hyung donated 10 million won via Hope Bridge Association. The celebrity posted the information via his Instagram and stated, “I want to be of even a little bit. I hope everyone is safe.”
Yoo Jae Suk
In addition, South Korea’s top host and comedian Yoo Jae Suk donated 100 million won to provide the victims’ emergency relief kits and cover expenses for the Uljin wildfire.
In the middle of building his new agency and busy collaboration schedule with IU, Jay Park also participated in helping the Uljin wildfire victims. The singer-entrepreneur shared his donation certificate on his Instagram on March 8 with a caption, “Let’s live peacefully while helping each other. Please.”
Jun Hyun Moo
Moreover, South Korean host Jun Hyun Moo made his donation to the victims of the Uljin wildfire via the Community Chest of Korea. His contribution will help cover expenses for wildfire recovery and victim support.
“I am truly worried about the wildfire victims who have lost their homes and are enduring difficult times. So I really hope that the fire will be extinguished quickly. I also hope that this donation gives at least a bit of help to citizens of the affected areas, as well as to the firefighters.”Jun Hyun Moo.
On March 9, the singer and member of Kpop boy group NCT, Doyoung, participated by donating 30 million won to the Hope Bridge Association. His donation will help recover the special disaster zone cities as well as support the wildfire victims.
“I have donated out of hopes that those who have lost their homes due to the wildfire can return to their everyday lives as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone who is doing their best to extinguish this wildfire, and I hope this donation will become of at least a bit of help to victims.”NCT Doyoung.
Lee Soo Man & SM Entertainment
Last but not least, one of Kpop founding fathers, Lee Soo Man, and SM Entertainment made a donation of 500 million won. They hope that the assistance will be helpful to support the victims as well as for the restoration projects.
“We hope that the forest fires will be extinguished as soon as possible and that the affected area will be restored. We hope our donation will help a little to those who are affected.”SM Entertainment.
BTS Suga celebrated his birthday on March 9 with the most inspiring action. He donated 100 million won to help the victims of Uljin wildifire to Hope Bridge Association.
“I hope that my donation will be used for residents who are suffering from the damages of the wildfire.”BTS Suga.
So, what do you think about this donation from Korean actors and celebrities for Uljin wildfire victims in South Korea? As one of the worst fire disasters in South Korea, the Uljin wildfire has deprived its victims of their homes and daily lives. We truly hope and pray for the victims to recover and return to their lives as soon as possible.
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