Posted: 26 Jan 2011 12:00 AM PST
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Posted: 22 Apr 2014 03:45 PM PDT
As divers continue to search for survivors among the wreckage of the Sewol ferry, several of South Korea's top celebrities have pledged their support for the victims and their loved ones in the form of generous charity donations.
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Olympic champion figure skater Kim Yuna, actor Cha Seung Won and actress Ha Ji Won each contributed $100,000 to the cause.
"I'm honestly praying for a miracle," Kim wrote in a Twitter post, earlier this week.
On Monday, the Korean Committee for UNICEF praised the 2010 gold medal winner-turned-humanitarian for her charitable contribution in an official statement, according to the website allkpop.
"UNICEF's national ambassador Kim Yuna has donated $100,000 to the Korean Committee for UNICEF as she shares the pain the whole nation is going through in the wake of the Sewol tragedy."
According to a spokesperson for Ha from her management company Wellmade STARM, the actress is particularly upset about the number of children, many of them among a group of 300 students from Seoul on a class trip to Jeju Island, were affected by the tragedy.
"Ha Ji Won was even more hurt upon learning that the majority of the accident victims were young people," the spokesperson said.
Executives from Golden Thumb Pictures, the production company behind the Korean drama "3 Days," starring JYJ singer Park Yoochun, reportedly wanted to keep their donation of $29,000, for the victims of the South Korean ferry disaster anonymous.
"We planned to make this donation quietly. We think that letting others know of our donation when the entire nation is stricken by grief is not right," a representative for the company told the media outlet Newsen.
"But the news has already spread. Now that it's been revealed, we hope that the practice of donating to this cause catches on with more people."
Other South Korean celebrities contributing money to the victims of the Sewol ferry tragedy and their loved ones, reportedly include actors Song Seung Hun, On Joo Wan, Park Jae Min, Jung Il Woo, Kim Bo Sung and Joo Sang Wook, actress Jang Mi In and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun Jin.
There are currently 128 people confirmed dead as a result of last week's Sewol ferry disaster and 174 victims still missing.
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