[TRANS/IND] Cerita di Balik Kunjungan Junho ‘2PM’ ke Ethiopia
Jakarta - Pertengahan Januari lalu, Junho ‘2PM’ pergi ke Ethiopia selama 8 hari 7 malam. Namun saat itu belum diketahui, apa alasan kepergian Junho ke negara tersebut.
Junho ternyata pergi ke Ethiopia bersama World Vision. World Vision adalah organisasi kemanusiaan yang berdedikasi pada orang-orang miskin di seluruh dunia.
Cerita di balik kunjungan Junho itu diceritakan oleh seorang sukarelawan World Vision di Korea (diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Inggris oleh 2PMalways).
Tak seperti selebriti lain yang secara khusus dikontak oleh World Vision untuk membantu, Junho sendiri yang menghubungi World Vision untuk bertemu dengan Felmeta, anak asal Ethiopia yang sudah satu tahun terakhir dibiayainya secara diam-diam.
“Aku ingin pergi ke Ethiopia dan bertemu Felmeta,” ujar Junho saat itu. Ia bahkan sudah mengatur waktu liburan dengan manajernya agar bisa segera bertemu Felmeta.
Junho terbang ke Afrika pada 16 Januari dengan duduk di kursi ekonomi. Ia dikabarkan menghabiskan 17 jam perjalanan dengan membaca buku. Setelah sampai karena Ethiopia adalah negara miskin, di hotel tempat mereka menginap tak ada restauran. Junho dan tim World Vision pun harus memasak sendiri.
Sampai tiba waktunya untuk bertemu Felmeta. Anak itu langsung memeluk Junho. Junho memberinya seekor kambing, menemani Felmeta ke sekolah, dan memberinya segala macam peralatan sekolah.
Selama seminggu di Ethiopia, Junho terlihat sangat menikmati liburannya. Ia bahkan sempat menangis ketika harus pulang ke Korea.
“Akan sangat baik jika orang-orang yang bahagia bisa melirik ke anak-anak ini dan berbagi sedikit kebahagiaan dengan mereka,” ucap Junho saat itu. Well done, Junho!
(Sumber foto: World Vision via 2PMalways)
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[ENG] The untold story - 2PM’s Junho as a sponsor in Ethiopia
“Hello, I’m 2PM’s Junho…I contacted you because I wanted to help a child…”
That was how Junho’s first connection with World Vision started.
Calling in person to say that he was interested in sponsoring a foreign child.
After quietly sponsoring them for about a year, another phone call came.
“I…want to go to Ethiopia to meet Felmeta, how can I do that?”
In his first vacation time in 4 years, to Africa to meet the person he most wanted to see in the whole world.
When World Vision puts a public figure in charge of goodwill or international relations usually we first suggest the idea to the star’s manager or management company, but Korea’s most popular idol group, 2PM’s Junho called me first instead.
Amongst Korea’s busiest people are idol singers. I knew that they always have a lot of schedules abroad and not much time in Korea either, so I thought of asking frankly “Can you really go? Can you use up a whole week to meet a sponsored child?”. But the next time I spoke with Junho I realised that those thoughts were completely groundless.
“I received permission from management for a vacation starting a week from the 16th of January!
I arranged it with my manager hyung so that I could go to Africa ^^”
Junho was always one step ahead of us,
Before leaving for Ethiopia, we arranged to have two orientation meetings. The first meeting. He had arranged to meet us at World Vision’s headquarters in Yeoido with his manager, but even though the meeting time was arranged for early morning he arrived right on time. Second meeting. The meeting was once again arranged for the morning, but he arrived about 10 minutes before us. As you can never be late for meetings with celebrities, and even though I arrived earlier than our arranged meeting time I was so surprised to see Junho already there waiting for us.
We cautiously suggested to EBS doing a newly planned “Global Project Sharing” programme. Our helper Junho was worried about whether there was any chance of causing damage or inconveniencing the residents of Ethiopia due to the filming. After worrying for a while, we thought that even if one person who had seen the broadcast could help a child in difficulty it would be great, and so decided with the broadcast team to go through with it. Of course, under the condition that the staff would cause the minimum amount of disruption there.
If a celebrity is going to help out somewhere, a lot of people look at them a bit funny. “Are you going to get there by flying business class?” “Some more money to spend in duty free would be more helpful…” “Why are you bringing your coordi and make up artist into the wilderness with you, are you shooting a pictorial?”. Our helper Junho’s visit to Ethiopia to help the children would shatter those sort of public prejudices. Now in earnest we depaaart!
Source: WVblog | Kor-Eng: Buckme @2pmalways
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ALL JUNHO WALLPAPER on EBS GLOBAL PROJECT ‘SHARING’ (cr : WorldVision Facebook, Tyche_125)