Kim Yuna donates World Figure Skating Championships prize money to UNICEF
Her donation of 45,000 dollars will go to helping children with disabilities
"I want to continue helping children with disabilities so that they can grow up healthy and happy"
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador ‘Figure Queen’ Kim Yuna donated her gold prize money from the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships to UNICEF.
UNICEF Korea reported that Kim donated her prize money of 45,000 dollars (approximately 50 million won) to UNICEF through UNICEF Korea. The money will be used to help children with disabilities. In May 2011, Kim donated her silver prize money of 27,000 dollars from the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships to Japanese children affected by the Tohoku earthquake through UNICEF.
“During my work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, I realized that prejudice against disabled children was still strong and that more help was needed. I want to continue helping children with disabilities so that they can grow up healthy and happy,” said Kim.
Kim also filmed a video message in Korea last April to make an appeal for children suffering from the violence in Syria and those children with disabilities.
Kim donated 100 million won to Haiti earthquake victims in January 2010. She also donated her prize money of 10 thousand dollars she had received from The Korean American Leadership Foundation’s ‘Proud Korean Award’ in August 2010. After being appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador she appeared in numerous UNICEF appeal videos. Kim has been engaged in various charitable works. She has been donating 50 million won each year since December 2010 for Korean children in need, such as children suffering from incurable diseases and youth who are in charge of their families.