On April 16th, 2014, the South Korean ferry MV Sewol capsized near Gwanmaedo Island, at the Southwestern tip of the Korean peninsula. The ship was carrying 476 passengers, mostly students from Danwon High School who were on a field trip. At the time of writing, 172 people have been rescued, 35 remain missing, and many have lost their lives.
Tuesday May 13th and Thursday May 15th The Korea Club gave out yellow ribbons in exchange for donations at Sidney Smith lobby as a symbol of hope and solidarity for the survivors and the victim’s families. Through the generous donations of U of T students, professors, and passers-by, we have been able to generate over $300 of funds, which we are donating to the Community Chest Charity, in South Korea. We hope that by collection donations and wearing these ribbons we can show our support for the families and the South Korean people in their time of mourning.