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An Entertainer’s Love of Sharing

Posted February. 14, 2007 07:57,   


“Life is about sharing with others”-

Regardless of how much he earns from concerts and television appearances, Kim Jang-hun makes a donation of 15 million won every month.

His donations go to “The House of Hope” in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, “Hyoju Annes’ House” in Gangseo-gu, and “Theresa’s House” in Eunpyeong-gu. The donations also cover living costs and education fees for an elementary school student until he gets into a university.

When asked why he donates in an interview on January 19, Kim replied that it is because he knows what it is like to starve.

“I grew up without a father, and had it very tough. I cannot forget the sadness I felt growing up. We cannot help these children too much. They are our future.”

In 2001, Kim Jang-hun donated proceeds from his album, 900 million won of profits, and 300 million won from his own wealth to a church for troubled children in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province.

It never ends with a donation.

After the lunar New Year, Kim will get busy again. It has been that way after the New Year, lunar New Year, Chuseok, and Christmas. He visits sled parks and amusement parks with the kids in “New Hope House,” a center he donates to.

In 2005, he made a soccer club for the children at “New Hope House.” It is a place for those who graduated from the center upon reaching age 18. He also leaves 1 percent of the seats at his concerts for the disabled and alienated.

Three years ago, he started asking the children in the centers he helps fund to come to his concerts with a friend. He wanted to give the children something to brag about.

His mother, a pastor, influenced him to donate. “People save money, salary, and time to come to my concerts. I decided to do something useful with the money I receive.”

“Sharing is not a one-time event”-

He has his own rules for donating. One rule is not to work as a public ambassador.

“The title public ambassador is impressive. But the title is not what counts. Sharing is not about appearances.”

To him, sharing is about responsibility and integrity.

Kim Jang-hun knows that he has to keep his promises, especially when it comes to donations. This is why he borrowed money from the bank to make good on his donation promises to a children’s center when he fell short.

He kept his promise to donate proceeds from his concerts to this day.

He also has his worries. His mother is in her seventies, and he never knows when his popularity will fall and if an accident will happen during a concert.

“I want to support my lovely family, but without a big savings account I never know if something bad might happen. Still I love donating. I do not need all that money to get by, and I can make more time by reducing sleep. It is all worth it if the people around me are happy.”