Audrey Hepburn’s Son to Create ‘Sewol Memorial Forest’ in South Korea

The following is part of an article published at I Am Korean.

sewol_contents_7As the one-year anniversary of the Sewol ferry sinking approaches, the oldest son of the late Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn plans to create a forest in South Korea to memorialize the hundreds of victims who were killed or missing in the tragedy.

Sean Hepburn Ferrer pitched the “Sewol Memorial Forest” project to Tree Planet back in May 2014, just one month after the sinking.

Tree Planet is an environmental group that plants trees in several countries around the world, including South Korea, Cambodia, Mongolia and Sudan, through funds raised from a smartphone game app. Since its launch in 2010, the company has planted over 480,000 trees in 10 different nations.

Tree Planet’s spokesman Jang Byeong-joon said Ferrer wished to continue to his mother’s legacy of humanitarian work. Grateful for her own good fortune following World War II, Hepburn served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from 1988 to her death in 1993.

Read more at the website for the memorial project.

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