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Song Seung-heon

As the nation mourns the loss of lives in the Sewol ferry disaster that happened five days ago, celebrities in and out of Korea are donating to help the rescue process and relief efforts.

Actor Song Seung-heon donated 100 million won, or about $96,300, to the Salvation Army, to help out the victims of the ferry.

“Song made a donation without giving notice to the agency,” said a representative at Better Ent, his management company, yesterday. “We realize that he donated such money on his own to support the victims.”

British singer Connie Talbot, who will hold a concert in Korea on April 27, also announced Saturday through her Twitter account that she would donate all the profits from her concert to relief efforts.

Other Korean celebrities, including actor On Joo-wan and baseball player Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers, also made donations.

“I am willing to go there myself and participate as a volunteer for the victims,” said On. “I am sorry that I can’t be of more help.”

By Jin Eun-soo, contributing writer

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