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Charity flea market attracting gifts

Oct 06,2009
Janice Lyn Marshall, third from right, head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representation in the Republic of Korea, and other staff members show items they are going to donate to the upcoming annual WeAJa charity flea market. By Kim Hyung-soo
Celebrities and high-profile figures from various sectors both inside and outside of Korea are preparing to enthusiastically take part in the upcoming fifth annual WeAJa charity flea market on Sunday.

Huh Jung-moo, manager of the Korean national football team, donated a signed windbreaker that he wore during practice and games. Beijing Olympics baseball pitcher and gold medalist Bong Jung-keun and other fellow players are donating signed uniforms, baseballs, caps and bats.

Lee Charm, president of the Korea Tourism Organization and a foreign-born naturalized Korean, is offering a watercolor painting by his mother, an amateur painter in Germany.

Renowned Chinese actress Jiang Wenli offered her luxurious hat for the charity market. She has appeared in many plays and movies in China and even produced her first movie that is slated to be shown during the upcoming annual 14th Pusan International Film Festival. In addition, more than 10 members of the staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representation in the Republic of Korea plan separate booths at the market to sell special items.

Figures from the political, diplomatic, business, academic and cultural sectors also have joined the event. National Assembly speaker Kim Hyong-o offered teacups that are used to serve distinguished foreign guests. Ahn Sang-soo, the GNP floor leader, and Kim Jin-pyo, a Democratic Party lawmaker, granted a chinaware tea set and pottery, respectively.

Grand National representative Lee Sang-deuk, the older brother of President Lee Myung-bak, donated a tea set and gifts that he received from a Chinese politician.

Several staff members at the Chinese and India embassies also plan to sell clothes, stationery and traditional treasures. Chung Mong-yoon, chairman of Hyundai Marine and Fire Insurance, donated a women’s golf driver and a golf club bag. CEO Kim Sung-joo of the Sungjoo Group offered a handbag she carried while working in Europe. Lee Ki-su, president of Korea University, offered a signed picture of Kim Yu-na, the national figure skating icon. Kim In-sae, president of Pusan National University, and artist Lee Mok-il donated the work of the late calligrapher Oh Je-bong and two of his paintings, respectively.

WeAJa will be held Sunday, Oct. 11, at four national locations: Seoul, at the Sangam World Cup Stadium; Busan, at a plaza outside Haeundae Bexco; Daejeon, at Daejeon City Hall; and Jeonju, in the plaza at the North Jeolla Provincial Government Office.


By Lee Min-yong [smartpower@joongang.co.kr]




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