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’Small’ patrons give more to protect life

South Korea’s Catholic Medical Center says small donations doubled their fund

’Small’ patrons give more to protect life
Screenshot of the Catholic Medical Center’s Life Respect Fund website
Stephen Hong, Seoul

January 11, 2011

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The Catholic Medical Center (CMC) in South Korea has credited small donations with increasing the size of their Life Respect Fund to help people with various diseases. Thanks to the increase of small donations, the fund has exceeded 50 billion won (US$44 million) as of January, said CMC in its press release issued on Jan. 10. Ha Jin-a from CMC told today that they have 8,000 supporters, with 3,000 being small donators who regularly support less than 1 million won. However, “Their number has doubled in one year,” she said. She explained that the increase of small donations mainly came from a campaign launched by Father Remigio Lee Dong-ik, CMC’s chief executive officer, of selling a cup of espresso coffee to his visitors at 10,000 won (US$8.9) each. The fund originated from a money-raising campaign to construct the Catholic medical university’s buildings in 2003. As donation drive still continued after the completion, CMC decided to merge its various collection programs into the Life Respect Fund in 2009. Last year, Lee Seung-yeop, famous Korean baseball player, and Jose Carreras, one of the world’s greatest tenors, contributed to the donation campaign. CMC uses the fund to support researches to treat hard-to-cure diseases, treatments of poor patients and scholarships for the formation of medical people, including a project to build a special hospital for marginalized people. Related report Koreans to build hospital for marginalized KO12801.1636
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