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Ambassador's Wives Save Kids with Cancer
Foreign ambassador's wives in Austrian ambassadorial residence

Scores of wives of foreign ambassadors serving in Seoul raised funds to help save the lives of needy local children suffering from leukemia or cancer.

In a ceremony held at the Austrian ambassadorial residence in Seongbuk-dong on June 20, 2006 Yolanda F. de Ungo, wife of El Salvador Ambassador to Seoul Alfredo Francisco Ungo and some 30 other ambassadorial wives delivered funds to the Korean Association for Children Leukemia & Cancer (KACLC).

The sum of 25 million won (some 26,000 US dollars) were the proceeds from a charity event "Parade of Nations" held at a major Seoul hotel. The annual event is the largest event jointly participated by 52 embassies of foreign countries including the US, France, China, and Germany.

"May this money go to those children who most need our help," said Mrs. Ungo in a speech.

The donated amount will be spent on five kids struggling with cancer or leukemia.

Yolanda F. de Ungo, wife of El Salvador ambassador (right) and Arlinda Chaves Frota, wife of Portuguese ambassador

Part of the fund was delivered to a second charity body, Planting Love by Mrs. Ungo. This was done after Arlinda Chaves Frota, wife of Portuguese Ambassador to Seoul Carlos M.L. Frota introduced Planting Love to the participants.

Planting Love has been working with members of the committee and benefactors for 15 years since 1991. Beneficiaries are St. Mary's School for the Blind, Eun Hae School for Physically Disabled Children, Sacred Heart Residence for the Blind, Seton Rehabilitation Center, and Seton Bakery.

The 16th annual Planting Love dinner concert will be held on Oct. 25, 2006 at the Grand Hyatt Seoul. This charity will benefit children with disabilities.

"I hope this small gesture of expressing our love for the Koreans could be helpful for them," said Mrs. Zeina Rammal, wife of Lebanese Ambassador to Seoul Hussein Rammal when asked how she felt about the donation.

Mrs. Zeina Rammal, wife of Lebanese ambassador

The fund donation ceremony was held as part of the monthly meeting by the ambassadorial wives. During the meeting there was a farewell for the wives of ambassadors of three nations – Norway, Germany, and Hungary – whose duties will soon expire in Seoul and they are expected to leave
Korea in the near future.

The three wives — Nina Braastad, wife of Norwegian ambassador, Julia Geier, wife of German ambassador, and Katalin Torzsa, wife of Hungarian ambassador – exchanged greetings and gifts with their colleagues.

Mrs. Julia Geier said that her time in Seoul was of great meaning to her, since her personal tastes dovetailed with the style of Korean food, people, and culture. The diplomatic wives have been discussing a variety of charity activities during their monthly meetings. Their next monthly meeting will be held in September after summer vacation.

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