Friday, December 6, 2013

Sandara Park, brother Thunder raising money for ‘Yolanda’ victims

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
2NE1′s Sandara Park and her brother, MBLAQ’s Thunder (also known as Cheondung), have launched an online campaign to raise money for people affected by Typhoon “Yolanda” in the Philippines.
Sandara Park and brother Thunder (Photo courtesy of Sandara’s Twitter account)

Sandara and Thunder, who lived in the Philippines for many years before embarking on their singing careers in South Korea, are aiming to raise 5 million won (about P206,000) by Dec. 24.
The campaign was launched by the two singers together with WEGENERATION and World Share.
Typhoon “Yolanda” lashed out the Philippines that left scores of people dead, injured and missing.
In her message posted on WEGENERATION’s YouTube channel, Sandara said they consider the Philippines as their second home.
“As many of you already know, my brother Thunder and I spent many years in the Philippines. The Philippines, a country we consider our second home, are in much need of your help,” said Sandara, according to WeGenTV.
She added, “In response to the current desperate situation, Thunder and I, together with WEGENERATION and the charity organization World Share decided launch an emergency aid campaign for the Philippines.”
In the aftermath of the typhoon, Sandara said, “To make the situation worse, as the monsoon season approaches, there is a great fear of an outbreak of diseases caused by humidity, wracked houses, and unfound corpses.”
“Please help out the people of the Philippines by supporting this campaign!” she said.
As their way of giving back to the donors to the campaign, Sandara and Cheondung will be giving them their personal items.
“By draw, WEGENERATION will be giving out some of the treasured items of Sandara and Thunder to the people who donate,” Sandara added.
“We cannot do it ‘alone,’ but we can do it “’together’!  Thank you for your support!” she said.
Sandara Park joined ABS-CBN’s “Star Circle Quest” in 2004, which became her launch pad for her career in the entertainment industry in the Philippines.  She became an actress and a singer in the country before going to Korea and joining 2NE1.
Thunder grew up and studied in the Philippines before he became a member of MBLAQ.
To donate to Sandara and Thunder’s “Yolanda” relief fund, go to

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