Bless you, Mi-Jeong Jeon!
from the Chosun-Ilbo:
JLPGA Golfer Jeon Mi-jeong Donates 10 Million Yen to Disaster Victims in Japan
Korean golfer Jeon Mi-jeong, who plays in the Japan Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, donated 10 million yen to the victims of the deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
“It’s nothing compared to the support I’ve received from my Japanese fans,” she said. “I hope it will be helpful.”
Jeon on Tuesday told her management agency in Japan that she wanted to make a donation, and the agency delivered the funds to Japan’s Red Cross on Thursday.
The 29-year-old golfer debuted on the JLPGA Tour in 2005 and has been making a successful career with 16 champion titles so far.
Jeon returned to Korea on Sunday night as the Yokohama Tire PRGR Ladies Cup, which had started on Friday last week, was suspended. Most of the Korean golfers on the JLPGA Tour have returned home as a tournament due to be held this week was also called off.
“Konan in Kochi Prefecture, where we were playing last week, was quite far from the epicenter of the quake, so I didn’t realize until later the gravity of the situation,” Jeon said.
Miyagi Prefecture, which was severely hit by the disaster, hosts a JLPGA event every fall. “I’m worried about the elderly fans there who came out to support me every year,” Jeon said.
The golfer, who is based in Tokyo, added, “My house wasn’t damaged, but I feel bad that I’m okay when so many people in Japan died or are missing.”