Practicing Love in Deed and Truth through Donations
1,081 students donated voluntarily to help revitalization during the coronavirus crisis
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Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province were hit hard by the new coronavirus, accounting for 80 percent of the total cases in Korea. There have been reports of a shortage of supplies, especially masks and anti-contamination clothing. Hanyang students voluntarily raised funds to help revitalize the region. This is a story of 1,081 Hanyang students practicing Love in Deed and Truth.
Park Eun-bin (Department of Policy Studies, 2nd year), Shin Hyo-jeong (Department of Policy Studies, 2nd year), Cho Sung-jae (Department of Policy Studies, 3rd year), and Kim Do-young (Department of Policy Studies, 4th year) are the four students who hosted this fundraiser. They had originally planned to donate their pocket money individually. However, upon hearing student fundraisers from other universities around Seoul, the four friends expanded their donation to a crowdfunding open to all Hanyang students.
“We were unsure whether we could meet the expectations we set,” said Shin. Thus, the project aimed to raise 2 million won initially. Surprisingly, it did not take longer than two hours to accomplish that goal. Another fundraiser was launched, targeting 8 million won. A single day was enough to reach their goal. For the third fundraiser, the four students only set a deadline, March 9th.
1,081 Hanyang students participated, and they were able to raise a total of 22,294,019 won. The funds were donated to the Korea National Council on Social Welfare, The Korean Association of Public Health Doctors, the Hope Bridge Association of the National Disaster Relief, and the NGO Good Neighbors in the name of Hanyang University students.
The organizers first thanked their fellow students who participated in the donation drive. “It was an opportunity to feel a sense of affection for Hanyang,” said Kim. They also paid homage to the student body who assisted in promoting the fundraiser. They also spoke about some negative views that were posed by parts of the student community. "There were people who expressed mistrust of this fundraiser," said Shin. “That is the reason why we tried to keep the process as transparent as possible.”
Park said that it was such an experience, serving the community as a leader. “Despite some minor mistakes, it was a time for improvement as responsible members of society,“ said Park. Cho recalled his experience as an interim president of the student body. "What came into my mind was the importance of good influence,” said the former president. Cho added that it was a great experience to personally put the school’s founding principle into action.
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. The members of Hanyang are creating a miracle through their small practice of Love in Deed and Truth.
Oh Kyu-jin firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Kim Hyun-sub
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