Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hopes and Connections

Hi hi .... sigh, I had another problem with Blogger lately which prevented me from publishing post, glad that it's resolved now, phew! This is late news, for those who want to follow up on how Yong Joon's generous donation of 1 billion won for the Japanese disaster relief is being put to use, I received this heartwarming piece of writeup translated by our diligent cloudnine, thank you so much :)

"I'm attaching the translation of the writing about BYJ's medical aid cars sent for the victims of earthquake and tsunami. It was witten by an actress-turned nurse and healthcare counselor, Mitsuko Ishii and posted in Yomiuri Newspapaer blog - yomiDr. " - Thanks cloudnine!

BYJ’s cars run in Fukushima

Cars donated by Mr. Bae Yong Joon are now running around Fukushima. (Three cars have left Tokyo.)
I think I wrote before that my thesis adviser at the graduate school was from Fukushima, and one day this professor said, “An foreign actor is going to donate three medical aid cars to our NPO” I found out later that it was a Korean wave star Mr. Bae Yong Joon.

It was shortly after the earthquake that Mr. Bae proposed to make a monetary donation of 75,000,000 yen to Cabinet Office for the blankets and three cars.

Then it was officially announced that the cars would be sent to the NPO, for which the professor takes on the position of the chairman. It took a while for the cars to complete its interior renovation as well as the exterior work that includes the name of St. Luke’s College of Nursing, names of volunteers, and its project name of ‘Hopes and Connections’, but on May 8th all three cars were delivered to the headquarter of the NPO.

I drove one of those cars to Soma City’s health center in Fukushima and left it to the nurses of the mental care team. We had a press conference there and told that as one of St. Luke’s College of Nursing projects, using this car ‘Hopes and Connections’ project will continue through next March to support mental care of Fukushima people. Areas to be covered are Iwaki City, Soma City, and Koriyama City. Each city has its car. Whenever it was necessary, based on administrative directions, the cars should be used for any medical aid purposes.

Looking back on the past days when I was terribly worried over how we could provide medical support in a long run and also how we should design the contents of medical aid with cars, I remember visiting my alma mater, St. Luke’s College of Nursing. It was a day toward the end of March.

When I actually saw those three cars, not the ones on design paper, they were just splendor and my hearts was full of deep emotion. I was really surprised to see BYJ’s fans who came over to see us off on the day of our departure. His popularity is great indeed.

We have created the official site of ‘Hopes and Connections’. We’ll have to start fund raising. We are planning to post the video clips of running cars, so please visit our site ‘Hopes and Connections’ - URL


Yee said...

Thanks Jaime and sister cloudnine. We are so proud of our man's kind heart and thoughtfulness, Making dramas and movies or not he will always be a special person for us.
BTW, lady Jaime, I emailed you some pictures of Japanese sister Kiyomi visit to the US, but it was bounced back. Did you change your email?? Please email me,


Anonymous said...

Hi Chinggu!

Good to see you blogging again. Yup, the King does his most wonderful gesture by surprising us with this generous gift to the people devastated by the tsunami and this made us love him the more and the most.

Been busy lately too with my maid on vacation and kids starting school 2 weeks ago. Hope everything is fine with you and your family. Miss yah!

love, Judy

Anonymous said...

Hi Jaime,

Glad your blog is back!! Hope your knees are better by now.

One of Yon-sama cars was back to Tokyo to be displayed for a week in the St. Luke's College of Nursing campus. I read more than 300 people visited and the total amount of contribution became about 2,000,000yen, which was enough to afford the gasoline to be used by three cars in a year.
Miss Ishii really appreciates the power of BYJ family's network.

Take care.

cloud nine

Anonymous said...

Hi Jaime,
Just dropping by to say thank you for continuing to post BYJ news. As for me, I still have the advantage of being a relatively newbie, I'm currently watching HWRL and enjoying it very much-although my bias as a fan cannot be helped! I've read about this drama a lot and I'm quite "dreading" the sick scenes! He is so achingly young here it's like seeing a younger brother and being amazed at how mature and handsome he has grown!


jaime said...

Hi Yee,

Really, Kiyomi visited the States, I didn;t know that. Thanks for sending me the pictures, I'll email you.

love ... jaime

jaime said...

hi hi chinggu,

I am fine, thanks. Just like you, I am busy too, but really can't tell what I have accomplished :) Oh kids starting school now, is the school year different? I'll send you an email soon, ok?

love ...jaime

jaime said...

hi dear cloudnine,

Thanks for the kind thoughts, my knee is still weak, pain is kind of on and off. hope it'll be ok when I dance.

japanese fans are so supportive of Yong Joon's charity, we are so proud of them. i hope the donations will keep growing since the recovery effort is so huge. thanks for keeping us updated on this. please take care.

love ... jaime

jaime said...

hi guapa,

nice to hear from you again. yes, HWRL is such a sad drama. so hard to see Jaeho facing these hardships one after another. hehe, don;t want to spoil the ending for you, but tell me if you like it, ok?

cheers ... jaime