Singer/Actor Lee Seung Gi will be doing another good deed. He will be volunteering as a ‘Star Assistant to Big Issue’ to daily street vendors of Big Issue, a lifestyle magazine which helps the homeless become self reliant.
On the 18th, according to a Big Issue insider, Lee Seung Gi will be active as a surprise assistant to the magazine following the Lunar New Year holiday this coming 23rd somewhere in the Seoul Gangnam area. Being a Big Issue assistant includes standing by Big Issue vendors’ side and supporting them in becoming independent. Cheering them on is a given. It also includes PR work as well as helping vendors sell daily issues. Being a star assistant for Big Issue last occurred in 2011 with Lee Ji-ae, a former announcer. In September of the same year, after ‘Infinite Challenge’ Rowing Episode’s coach Kim Ji Ho, it’s been 3 years since such an event has occurred.
Regarding this, a representative from Lee Seung Gi’s agency, Hook Entertainment, told OSEN, “We decided that it would be good to have a systematic approach and goal to help Big Issue which helps the homeless become self reliant. Lee Seung Gi himself indicated his will to be a star assistant to Big Issue.”
Previously, through his talent donation, Lee Seung Gi underwent shooting for the cover and pictorial of the 102nd edition of Big Issue. During that time at the shooting location, Lee Seung Gi said through an interview,”It’s a magazine with such a good goal.” Through his question of “Why didn’t we know about it?” he relayed his determination to participate by willingly donating his talent.
Lee Seung Gi is Korea’s representative ‘Good deed star’ who has fulfilled good deeds in various ways. Including a 100,000 Won donation to KBS Kang Tae Won Welfare Foundation, he is a supporter for donations on behalf of low income female students in the USA, sharing of kimchi and coal briquettes program, volunteering at nursing homes, and helping orphanages among others. Besides Lee Seung Gi, his fans have also followed his lead. In 2014, for his 10th debut anniversary, they donated 29,947,500 Won (approx $29,947.50 US) to the KBS Kang Tae Won Welfare Foundation.
Meanwhile, the 102nd edition of Big Issue that Lee Seung Gi graces is currently being sold at major Seoul subway stations as well as online at the Big Issue Shop.
Korean to English translation by Elise, Lee Seung Gi Forever
Original Korean article: OSEN