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BTS, Big Hit Entertainment secretly made donations to families of Sewol Ferry victims

By diana | Jan 21, 2017 11:45 PM EST
BTS members pose upon their arrival at the 4th Gaon Chart K-POP Awards.
(Photo : Getty Images/Chung Sung Jun) BTS members pose upon their arrival at the 4th Gaon Chart K-POP Awards.

BTS and Big Hit Entertainment tried to keep their good deeds under wraps as it was reported that the two have provided monetary donations to the families of Sewol Ferry victims.

According to Allkpop, BTS members reportedly gave 10 million KRW each, while Big Hit Entertainment donated 30 million KRW. The accumulated donated was then given to the 4/16 Sewol Families for Truth and A Safer Society without informing the media.

The agency later confirmed the news after their good act was brought to limelight. "It's something that we processed secretly as we believed that donations are meant to be done quietly," Big Hit Entertainment said.

It went on, "It was the artists' decision and personal matters, so we don't think it's something to leave comments on."

Sewol disaster killed more than 300 passengers on April 16, 2014. The ferry bound for Jeju carried over 400 passengers with most of them were students of Danwon High School.

Korea Times reported the sinking of Sewol is considered the deadliest maritime tragedy. Two years after the tragic event, bereaved families of the victims continue to seek for justice.

On the other hand, several Korean celebrities mourn the death of hundreds of people after the Sewol Ferry capsized. "Doctors" star Park Shin Hye reportedly made a donation of 50 million KRW to the people affected by the tragedy.

Her agency said the actress chose to make the gesture private as an expression of grief for the ferry accident. Lee Mi Yeon also donated 100 million KRW through the UNICEF to help the Sewol victims.

"The Legend of the Blue Sea" actress Jun Ji Hyun previously made a donation of 10 million KRW using her real name Wang Ji Hyun. On the other hand, Lee Hwi Jae and his wife provided 100 million to the victims of Sewol tragedy.

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