FANS GIVE TOWORTHY CAUSE

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

OnAug 6, news broke that SouthKorean ac­tor Lee Minho’s Chi­nese fans had do­nated food and­wa­ter in his name to earthquake vic­tims in Yun­nan province.

“I’m thank­ful and grate­ful thatmy fans help the earthquake vic­tims with such love and kind­ness. I’m so proud of you,” Lee wrote on mi­cro blog Si­naWeibo.

Shortly af­ter the earthquake hit onAug 3, one of Lee’s self­or­ga­nized fan groups, Lee Minho SnowFan Sup­port Sta­tion, de­cided to do­nate 20,000 yuan ($3,248) to buy dis­as­ter relief ma­te­ri­als for peo­ple in the earthquake-hit area.

The money, raised by Lee’s fans, was orig­i­nally to sup­port fan ac­tiv­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with the star’s new­movie, but upon hear­ing news of the dis­as­ter, the group de­cided itwould be more­mean­ing­ful to spend the money on help­ing earthquake vic­tims, so as to “make a bridge of friend­ship out of love be­tween dif­fer­ent coun­tries and ar­eas”, ac­cord­ing to posts on the group’s Si­naWeibo.

The group or­ga­niz­ers got in touch with a po­lice sta­tion near the earthquake-hit area to help them pur­chase and dis­trib­ute dis­as­ter relief ma­te­ri­als, and a lo­cal fan vol­un­teered to su­per­vise the pur­chase and do­na­tion.

A to­tal of 300 boxes of in­stant noo­dles and 600 boxes of bot­tled min­er­al­wa­ter­were bought and trans­ported to Lu­dian county in Zhao­tong city.

OnAug 3, the fan group, which has nearly 30,000 fol­low­ers on Si­naWeibo, also de­cided to raise money through an on­line shop on Taobao.com, which is the largest on­line shop­ping plat­form in China. Lee is Taobao’s first for­eign celebrity am­bas­sador.

By 10pmonAug 6, the group had raised 175,000 yuan.

Lee is not the only celebrity whose Chi­nese fans have do­nated to vic­tims of earth­quakes un­der his or her name.

In 2013, as ac­tressWan Qian’s birth­day onMay 14 ap­proached, her fans raised money to help with the re­con­struc­tion of ar­eas hit by an earthquake of 7 mag­ni­tude that jolted Lushan county, Ya’an City in Sichuan province on April 28.

Fans of singer Li Yuchun also do­nated more than 1 mil­lion yuan to vic­tims of Ya’an, through the Yu Mi Love Foun­da­tion un­der the Chi­ne­seRed Cross Foun­da­tion, ac­cord­ing to Chi­nese Phi­lan­thropist, a pub­li­ca­tion re­port­ing on char­ity events and phi­lan­thropists in China.

Li’s post thank­ing his fans re­ceived nearly 149,000 likes, 28,000 for­wards and 41,151 com­ments.

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