Super Junior’s Kyuhyun donates two tonne of rice

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Super Junior’s Kyuhyun donates two tonne of rice

Kyuhyun’s Super Junior has donated 2.54 metric tons (2205 lbs) of rice that he has received from fans to the needy households in Wolgye-dong in Nowon District, northeast Seoul.

According to Nowon district office, on Feb. 7, the boy band member donated the monetary equivalent of 7 million won ($6,275) in rice towards households without fathers.

The rice was acquired as gifts from fans, having arrived at the Seongnam Art Center in Gyeonggi while Kyuhyun starred in the musical “The Three Musketeers” from Nov. 3 until Dec. 18 of last year.

“Kyuhyun grew up in Wolgye-dong and lived here until he made his debut. He wanted to do something for the community he grew up in and decided to help out low-income and fatherless families,” said a representative from the Nowon district office. On Feb. 10 the office will distribute bags of rice to more than 200 families living in the district.

Meanwhile, Kyuhyun, who was slated to attend the event, can no longer participate due to his busy schedule. His father is set to take his place instead.

Presents of rice wreaths are a relatively new phenomenon in Korea, overtaking the popularity of the traditional congratulatory floral wreath, which has a short life span. It has become common practice for fans of idol groups and singers to send rice wreaths to the venue where their favorite artist is performing.

By Carla Sunwoo [carlasunwoo@joongang.co.kr]

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