Fans of K-Pop supergroup BTS reportedly donated upwards of 400 million won ($334,000/£260,800/€300,000) to fight coronavirus in Korea over the weekend, much of which was made up of ticket refunds.
The Korea Disaster Relief Association said more than 8,000 donations were made in the fans’ name. The organisation said the donated funds will be used to provide relief kits, consisting of face masks and other essential goods, to low-income communities, medical staff, volunteer workers and quarantined individuals.
Big Hit Entertainment, the band’s label, revealed that dates in Seoul, scheduled to be held in April at the Olympic Stadium, would be cancelled due to the rising health concerns surrounding the spread of coronavirus globally. South Korea has seen the second highest number of confirmed cases in the world.
Big Entertainment said in statement: “We must take into consideration the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of guests as well as our artists and the dire impact a last-minute cancellation may have on guests from overseas, production companies, and staff.”
The Korea Disaster Relief Association said that donations have been “pouring in” after BTS member Suga donated 100 million won ($83,000 USD) to support his hometown of Daegu.
The influx caused the donation site to crash on Friday, with the association adding, according to the Korea Herald: “We feel grateful about their donations and believe their contributions will bring a positive ripple effect across the globe.”
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