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S Korea's Kim Yu-na donates prize money to Japanese earthquake victims

05-06-2011 14:56 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

SEOUL, May 6 (Xinhua) -- South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-na donated her prize money from the World Figure Skating Championships to Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims, Korean Committee for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday.

Kim, 2010 Winter Olympic champion and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, contributed 27,000 U.S. dollars of the silver prize money to the UN agency through its South Korean branch, according to the Seoul-based committee.

Kim earned a silver medal at the Moscow championship last month, her first competition in a year.

"I've decided to donate the prize money with hopes that earthquake damages will soon be restored so children can live in a better environment," the committee quoted Kim as saying.

In January, before she was appointed as a goodwill ambassador, the 20-year-old also donated 100 million won (about 9,2081 U.S. dollars) to Haitian children via UNICEF in the wake of the earthquake there.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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