To celebrate her 12th anniversary on September 18, IU has been pulling out all the stops to make it incredibly special. Marking the occasion not only with a special anniversary livestream and mini-concert on Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook where she shared a brand new song, she also celebrated with a meaningful donation in the name of fans!
On the day of her anniversary, Edam Entertainment shared the certificates of donations to Snail of Love, a foundation that supports and helps the hearing impaired, as well as to the Korean Unwed Mothers’ Families Association (KUMFA), an organization that provides educational, advocacy, counseling support, and more to unwed mothers.
Donating a total of ₩100 million KRW (about $85,800 USD), IU gave ₩50.0 million KRW (about $42,900 USD) to each organization under the name “IUAENA” as a combination of her name and her fandom name UAENA!
Along with the donation, IU also sent a heartfelt message to all through the SNS post sharing, “Like the way violet flowers are always more beautiful when blooming together than alone, or like fireflies that glow more radiantly together than alone, IU and UAENA shine the brightest when together. With a tender glittering heart, we sent small warmth in our name to the places in need. Thank you and love you UAENA.”
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⠀ 혼자 필 때보다 모여서 피어 날 때 더 아름다운 제비꽃무리처럼, 혼자 빛날 때보다 여럿이 불을 켤 때 더 눈부신 반딧불이들처럼. 아이유와 유애나는 함께할 때 가장 빛나요. ⠀ 연약하지만 묵묵히 반짝일 마음들을 모아 따뜻함이 필요한 곳에 우리의 이름으로 작은 온기를 보냈습니다. ⠀ 고맙고 사랑해요 유애나♥
Earlier this month, meanwhile, it was reported IU had donated over ₩700 million KRW (about $601,000 USD) to various charities in 2020 so far. With another donation made with UAENA for her 12th anniversary, one thing in clear — IU’s heart is truly the biggest!