BTS member Jin

Jin recognized for charitable donations

Jin has become another member of K-pop superstar BTS to be recognized for his charitable donations following his bandmates like Jimin and J-Hope.

UNICEF Korea recently said that Jin, whose real name is Kim Seok-jin, has become a member of its Honors Club as his donation topped 100 million won ($84,000).

The organization said that the 26-year-old has been a regular donor for the past year to gain the membership of the Honors Club, which includes Winter Olympic gold medalist Kim Yu-na and AmorePacific Group Chairman Suh Kyung-bae.

UNICEF Korea chief Lee Key-cheol thanked Jin while noting that he has become an inspiration to youth across the world with a message of hope.

This is not the first time that Jin and his group support the UNICEF, which promotes its initiative called “Generation Unlimited.” BTS is also in partnership with the global body over the latter’s anti-violence campaign.

Last year, the seven-piece boy group became speakers at Generation Unlimited event at the meeting room of the UN Trusteeship Council in New York.

Back then, leader RM made the speech to draw positive responses. RM, whose real name is Kim Nam-joon, is the only fluent English speaker in the group.

Jimin & J-Hope

Early last month, the Busan Metropolitan Office of Education announced that Jimin donated 100 million won ($84,000) to help underprivileged students in the port city where the 23-year-old grew up.

Jimin, whose full name is Park Ji-min, also funded uniforms for graduating students of his alma mater and sent BTS signed CDs.

In the case of J-Hope, whose real name is Jung Ho-seok, he donated 100 million won ($84,000) to ChildFund Korea, an influential charity here, this February on the occasion of his 25th birthday.

ChildFund Korea established a scholarship named after him and use the donation to assist the low-income students in his alma mater situated in Gwangju, around 270 kilometers south of Seoul.


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The publisher studied Korean history in Seoul and management of business administration in the United Kingdom. He has 20-year experiences in the media business. Kim can be reached at or 82-2-6956-6698.