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Posted : 2012-04-24 16:38
Updated : 2012-04-24 16:38

Hyundai Motor plans to help out child patients


Chung Mong-koo Foundation Chairman Yoo Young-hak, center, holds hands with Seoul National University Hospital head Jung Hee-won, fourth from left, and other medical leaders at the foundation’s office in downtown Seoul, Tuesday. / Courtesy of Chung Mong-koo Foundation

By Kim Tae-gyu

The Chung Mong-koo Foundation, previously dubbed the Heavichi Foundation, is set to help children who suffer from heart disease, cancer and other severe illnesses.

The Seoul-based institution, set up by Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo, said Tuesday that it plans to help 500 such patients from underprivileged households over the next three years.

``Each patient would get a maximum of 20 million won to help cover medical expenses. In addition, we strive to support them so if possible they can successfully return to society,’’ an official at the foundation said.

``Due to the long periods of medical treatment, such diseases as cancer tend to prevent many patients from reentering society after recovery. We want to support them in that sense, too.’’

Toward that end, the foundation eyes to set up a host of rehabilitation programs like healing camps or psychiatric treatment workshops that have a basis in cultural or art events.

On top of 500 patients who will get financial support, around 6,600 more are expected to benefit from the program by 2015.

``Based on our scheme, we hope that children from less privileged households will be able to overcome illness and return to their normal life and lead a healthy life. We also sincerely wish that we can offer substantial support to their family,’’ the official said.

The Chung Mong-koo foundation plans to carry out the charity activities along with such leading medical institutes as Seoul National University Hospital, Severance Hospital and Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital.

On top of the above-mentioned one, the institution has come up with a series of good-will initiatives geared toward helping those in need.

Earlier this year, the 650 billion won donated by the Hyundai Motor leader was designated to underpin the more than 10,000 college students burdened by prohibitively high interest rates from loan sharks or those who struggle because they had to borrow money for tuition.

Another campaign of the foundation is to support young students from elementary, middle and high schools, including those from rural areas.

Approximately 4,000 students who lost their parents because of car accidents and teenaged breadwinners will benefit from the program to cover tuition and other expenses.
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