Korea’s Sports Athletes Helping Victims of Ferry Disaster
kpopluv, April 21, 2014, 11:01 a.m.
Amidst the ferry sinking tragedy, Korean athletes have come together to do their part to help the victims of the disaster. The ferry was carrying approximately 470 passengers off the southwest coast of Korea, when the ship capsized killing over 60 people and leaving about 240 people missing.
Pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers is holding an autograph-signing event to raise funds to help the victims' families ahead of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles on Sunday. Two days earlier he vowed to give W100 million or approximately US $100,000 to the ongoing rescue efforts.
In another token of support, Kim Bo-kyung of Cardiff City in England's Premier League wore a black armband to mourn the victims during a home game against Stoke City on Sunday.
SK Wyverns' pitcher Kim Kwang-hyun donated W10 million to the Korea Disaster Relief Association last week after hearing that most of victims were high school students from Ansan, Gyeonggi Province (US$1=W1,039). Kim was born in the same city.
Rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae also postponed her gala show that was scheduled to begin last week to express her condolences. She said she plans to do it sometime in October after the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.