|UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yuna Kim, an international figure skating champion, said she hoped her donation would help Japan recover from the tragedy.|
SEOUL, Republic of Korea, 4 May 2011 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yuna Kim says she will donate her silver prize money of $27,000 from the World Figure Skating Championships to children affected by the Japanese earthquake.
“I was heartbroken at the news that still many children in Japan are suffering from the devastating earthquake. So I decided to donate my '2011 World Figure Skating Championships' prize money to UNICEF to support these children,” Ms. Kim said.
“I hope my donation will help Japan recover from the tragedy in a short period of time and affected children can have a better life. I wish many people will continue to support children in Japan, who are still waiting for our help and love.”
It is not the first time Yuna Kim has helped children in need. Even before becoming a Goodwill Ambassador, she donated over $83,000 to Haiti earthquake victims through UNICEF.
As a Goodwill Ambassador, she has made additional donations to the work of UNICEF and appeared in a special video marking the six month anniversary of the earthquake to thank donors and urge continued support for the children in Haiti.
UNICEF Japan earthquake and tsunami emergency relief website
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