Celebrity Couple to Receive Philanthropy Award

Celebrity couple Cha In-pyo and Shin Ae-ra Celebrity couple Cha In-pyo and Shin Ae-ra

Celebrity couple Cha In-pyo and Shin Ae-ra will be honored with the 20th Asan Special Award.

The Asan Foundation explained that the couple has contributed greatly to combating social prejudice by officially adopting two children, and devoting themselves to helping those in need by supporting 31 children across the world with continuous donations.

The couple said, "We never expected to receive the award, as there are so many people who are helping others in hidden places, but we are very delighted, because we can help more children with the prize."

They will be awarded a medal with 50 million won (US$1=W1,497) of prize money during a ceremony at Asan Education Institute in Seoul next Thursday.

The Asan Award aims to recognize philanthropic individuals or organizations, in memory of founder Chung Ju-yung. This year, 25 people, including the celebrity couple, will be awarded a total of 460 million won.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 19, 2010 18:51 KST