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SNSD'S Sooyoung shows love for RP patients

By Sarah Yoon

  • Published : Jan 27, 2015 - 17:20
  • Updated : Jan 27, 2015 - 17:20

K-pop band SNSD a.k.a. Girls' Generation member Sooyoung is to hold a charity bazaar sale for retinitis pigmentosa patients next month.

In an interview with fashion magazine Nylon, the singer revealed her plan, expressing concern for RP patients struggling with retinal degeneration and eventual vision loss.

Girls' Generation was commissioned as an ambassador for the Korean Fighting Blindness Organization in April 2012.

Girls' Generation are designated an ambassador for the Korean Fighting Blindness Organization on April 14, 2012 in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province. (OSEN)
Sooyoung also has personal reasons for supporting the cause.

"My father leads the Korean Fighting Blindness Organization, which helps RP patients who suffer from a rare (genetic) disability," she said.

"Thanks to the support of many people over the years, Seoul National University Hospital's ophthalmology department could gather the necessary funds to start research into stem cell treatment for RP patients."

(Nylon magazine)
The idol singer said the breakthrough motivated her to contribute to the cause. "I wanted to help in some way so I decided to gather items from my closet and hold a bazaar."

Sooyoung invited Nylon magazine into her closet, where she hand-picked clothing, accessories, souvenirs and gifts from other celebrities.

(Nylon magazine)
The singer plans to donate the pictured items at a bazaar event to be held on Feb. 1 at HEARTIST HOUSE in Seoul's Samcheon area. Sooyoung said she also plans to include "airport fashion" clothing she has been photographed in.

The full article can be read in Nylon magazine's February issue.

By Yoon Sarah (sarah356@heraldcorp.com)
By Sarah Yoon (sarah356@heraldcorp.com)