Homeplus CEO Lee Jae-hoon speaks during an award ceremony of an eco-friendly drawing competition for children. Homeplus eParan Foundation and the United Nations Education Program co-hosted the 19th edition of the annual event. Photo courtesy of Homeplus

Korea’s first-tier hypermarket chain offers education for children

Homeplus, South Korea’s top-tier hypermarket chain, announced on July 25 that the outfit held a non-face-to-face award ceremony for its eco-friendly drawing competition for children.

Homeplus eParan Foundation and the Korean unit of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) held the competition along with Homeplus to give prizes to more than 400 pictures.

Kim Joo-hwa from Busan and So Hee-seop from Jeonju won the top prizes with their pictures about budding plants in waste-free land and a trip aboard a seagull to a clean place.

“I hope more and more children will think about the environment through the eParan event,” Kim said.

The ceremony was broadcast on the YouTube channel of the UNEP Korean affiliate.

The drawing competition, which continued from April 29 to May 31, drew an upside of 11,200 elementary school students who presented their pieces through the dedicated website.

A total of 10,000 participants received an eco-friendly kit on a first-come-first-served basis. The kit with three sorts of seeds is designed to make children plant and grow on their own so that they can feel the significance of protecting the environment.

On top of that, Homeplus has offered environmental education to young pupils through programs at the culture center of the Seoul-based retailer’s hypermarkets across the country.

“I am glad and appreciate because we could join a special ceremony thanks to social distancing,” Homeplus CEO Lee Jae-hoon said. “I hope that our children gather their good intentions to make the earth healthier.”

Since 2000, Homeplus has organized the eParan event every year.

And this year’s award ceremony took place online because of the virus pandemic _ Seoul restricts any meetings of more than two people after 6 p.m.