South Korean actress Lee Young-ae has donated 106 million Korean won (US$96,398) to a South Korean charity to help recent earthquake victims in Pohang, South Korea and Iran, the charity said Monday. The Seoul-based Korea Foundation for Persons with Disabilities said about half of the money will be used to help quake victims in Pohang, the southeastern city recently hit by a magnitude 5.4 earthquake, and the remainder for quake victims in Iran, particularly children and people with disabilities. The donation was made via check handed over to Iranian Ambassador Hassan Taherian in Seoul by Korea Foundation for Persons with Disabilities Chairman Lee Seong-gyu, the Embassy of Iran in Seoul announced on Monday.
“My heart broke upon hearing the news of Pohang citizens who received injuries and lost their homes in the earthquake and on the suffering of the Iranian people who loved my drama ‘Daejanggeum’ so much,” Lee was quoted as saying. “Feeling sorry for the situation where the damage is getting worse, I wanted to help them out a little.”
Lee Young-ae is known for her appearances in the Korean historical drama “Dae Jang Geum” (2003), which was also aired on Iranian television and was immensely popular among viewers.
The massive earthquake in the Kermanshah region in western Iran killed hundreds and injured thousands last week.
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