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Korea Britain Society's Yearly Dinner for Charity
President Park Jin (4th from left) of The Korea Britain Society (KBS) poses with UK Ambassador to Seoul Warwick Morris (5th from right), and other VIPs. Amb. Warwick is honorary president of KBS. Park Jin is lawmaker of the opposition Grand National Party.

The Korea Britain Society (KBS) hosted an annual dinner on Dec. 11, 2006 at the Millennium Seoul Hilton Hotel in Seoul. Some 300 KBS members and guests gathered to celebrate the festive season.

Mr. Kwon Oh-kyu, deputy prime minister for finance and economy of South Korea and a guest of honor for this occasion, delivered a speech on the UK-Korea bilateral relationship before the guests enjoyed a lavish dinner to the sounds of lively music from a jazz band.
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After dinner, guests enjoyed a performance by Jump before an auction of lots including a day's use of a unique chauffeur-driven Bentley car package.

Dr. Park Jin, the UK-educated president of the KBS, and the British Ambassador & Honorary KBS President Warwick Morris welcomed over 300 guests to what became one of the highlights of the UK-Korea calendar.

Post-dinner entertainment included a performance by Jump – the Korean comic martial arts show which took the Edinburgh Festival by storm in 2005. Jump has an additional UK link this year as scenes from the show were performed before His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at the 78th Royal Variety Performance in London on Dec. 4, 2006.

The lively performance was followed by an auction of goods and services donated by companies with strong UK links. In addition to Airline Tickets and an exclusive bottle of Macallan Fare and Rare 1973 whisky, guests had the opportunity to bid for a day's use of a chauffeur-driven Bentley Continental Flying Spur car.

The luxurious UK-manufactured car, with a starting purchase price of over KRW 295,000,000, has only been officially available on the Korean market for two months since the opening of Bentley Seoul at Cheongdam–dong, Gangnam-gu Bentley's first official dealership in Korea.

The Bentley Continental Flying Spur is the fastest four-door in the world, and with substantial rear legroom for passengers, a stunning interior and breathtaking cabin materials, it proves that choosing luxury and space does not require a compromise on power and performance.

Profits from the auction and dinner will go towards supporting the charitable work of the KBS, which includes the provision of scholarships to enable Koreans to study in the UK. The scholarships include a Chevening Scholarship for post-graduate study, the prestigious KBS Duke of Edinburgh Fellowship and scholarships to enable Korean English language teachers to study for ELT qualifications at British universities.

At the year-end party a donation was also made to the Korean Hae Sim Won children's orphanage.

For details or inquiries please call The British Embassy in Seoul's press officer Tom Warwick at tom.warwick@fco.gov.uk




 

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