The magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, claiming more than 7,250 lives and leaving over 14,120 injured.
Lee made the donation through the Korean Committee for UNICEF, registered under the name of his fan club "Minoz," according to his management Tuesday.
A management spokesperson said, "We hope that the people who are suffering from the unexpected disaster will recover (from the earthquake at least) one day sooner.
"The reason why (Lee Min-ho) made the donation under his fan club's name is because he personally wished to repay the support he has continued to receive from them," the spokesperson said.
Lee previously donated to UNICEF's campaign against malaria in 2009.
An EU-UNICEF partnership helped deliver 40 tons of life-saving supplies to Nepal on Monday, targeted at children. The supplies are part of a 6 million-euro ($6.7 million) aid package authorized by the EU's executive body, the European Commission.
By Yoon Sarah (email@example.com)
On May 4, a representative from Lee Min Ho’s management agency shared that the actor has donated under his fan club’s name to the Korean Committee for UNICEF’s Nepal earthquake relief fund.
“Lee Min Ho donated 100 million won (approximately $92,400 USD) asking that it be used towards helping Nepalese children and victims of the recent big earthquake. He did so not under his personal name but under his fan club’s name, Minoz,” the representative said, “Donating under Lee Min Ho’s fan club’s name was decided based on Lee Min Ho’s own desire to reciprocate the love that he has long received from his fans. His hope is for the people who are suffering due to this unexpected calamity to recover even a day earlier.”
Indeed, Minoz have engaged in many philanthropic activities under Lee Min Ho’s name. When the actor participated in a UNICEF malaria campaign, his fan club showed support through gathering donations. Minoz have also donated to the construction of a library as well as the erection of “Lee Min Ho Forest” in Patagonia. Last year, Lee Min Ho founded donation platform PROMIZ (PMZ), which has hosted campaigns like constructing wells in Malawi and preserving endangered species.
Meanwhile, the Korean Committee for UNICEF has already raised and donated $1 million USD to Nepal in the first round of its ongoing emergency relief campaign.