Sports Stars Reach Out to Help Victims of Ferry Disaster

Sports stars are doing their part to help the survivors and bereaved families after a ferry carrying over 470 passengers capsized off the southwest coast on Wednesday, killing over 60 people with about 240 still missing as of Monday.

Pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin of the Los Angeles Dodgers is holding an autograph-signing event to raise funds to help the victims' families ahead of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Los Angeles on Sunday. Two days earlier he vowed to give W100 million to the ongoing rescue efforts.

In another token of support, Kim Bo-kyung of Cardiff City in England's Premier League wore a black armband to mourn the victims during a home game against Stoke City on Sunday.

SK Wyverns' pitcher Kim Kwang-hyun donated W10 million to the Korea Disaster Relief Association last week after hearing that most of victims were high school students from Ansan, Gyeonggi Province (US$1=W1,039). Kim was born in the same city.

Rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon-jae also postponed her gala show that was scheduled to begin last week to express her condolences. She said she plans to do it sometime in October after the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 21, 2014 10:03 KST