JARON LANIER – THE TECH GEEK

Jaron Zepel Lanier, born on May 3, 1960. He is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author.

IN THE SCIENCES

Jaron Lanier scientific interests include biometric information architectures, user interfaces, heterogeneous scientific simulations, advanced information systems for medicine, and computational approaches to the fundamentals of physics. He collaborates with a wide range of scientists in fields related to these interests. Lanier’s name is also often associated with Virtual Reality research. He either coined or popularized the term ‘Virtual Reality’ and in the early 1980s founded VPL Research, the first company to sell VR products. In the late 1980s he led the team that developed the first implementations of multi-person virtual worlds using head mounted displays, for both local and wide area networks, as well as the first “avatars”, or representations of users within such systems. While at VPL, he and his colleagues developed the first implementations of virtual reality applications in surgical simulation, vehicle interior prototyping, virtual sets for television production, and assorted other areas. He led the team that developed the first widely used software platform architecture for immersive virtual reality applications. Sun Microsystems acquired VPL’s seminal portfolio of patents related to Virtual Reality and networked 3D graphics in 1999.

From 1997 to 2001, Lanier was the Chief Scientist of Advanced Network and Services, which contained the Engineering Office of Internet2, and served as the Lead Scientist of the National Tele-immersion Initiative, a coalition of research universities studying advanced applications for Internet2. The Initiative demonstrated the first prototypes of tele-immersion in 2000 after a three-year development period. From 2001 to 2004 he was Visiting Scientist at Silicon Graphics Inc., where he developed solutions to core problems in telepresence and tele-immersion. He was Scholar at Large for Microsoft from 2006 to 2009, and Partner Architect there from 2009 forward. Lanier received an honorary doctorate from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2006, was the recipient of CMU’s Watson award in 2001, was a finalist for the first Edge of Computation Award in 2005, and received a Lifetime Career Award from the IEEE in 2009 for contributions to Virtual Reality.

AS AN AUTHOR

Lanier is a well-known author and speaker. His book “You are not a gadget” will be released in early 2010 by Knopf in the USA and Penguin in the UK. “Jaron’s World” is his monthly column in Discover Magazine, currently on hiatus, and devoted to his own wide ranging ideas and research. He writes and speaks on numerous topics, including high-technology business, the social impact of technological practices, the philosophy of consciousness and information, Internet politics, and the future of humanism. His lecture client list has included most of the well-known high technology firms as well as many others in the energy, automotive, and financial services industries. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Discover, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Harpers Magazine, The Sciences, Wired Magazine (where he was a founding contributing editor), and Scientific American. He has edited special “future” issues of SPIN and Civilization magazines. He is one of the 100 “remarkable people” of the Global Business Network.

IN MUSICAs a musician, Lanier has been active in the world of new “classical” music since the late seventies. He is a pianist and a specialist in unusual musical instruments, especially the wind and string instruments of Asia. He maintains one of the largest and most varied collections of actively played rare instruments in the world. Lanier has performed with artists as diverse as Philip Glass, Ornette Coleman, George Clinton, Sean Lennon, Vernon Reid, Terry Riley, Duncan Sheik, Pauline Oliveros, and Stanley Jordan. Lanier co-composed the soundtrack to “The Third Wave,” a documentary released in Sept. 2009 to critical acclaim after winning awards at film festivals around the world. Lanier’s work with acoustic “world” instruments can be heard on many other soundtracks as well, including a prominent role in “Three Seasons” (1999), which was the first film ever to win both the Audience and Grand Jury awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

He also writes chamber and orchestral music. Current commissions include a symphony for the Bach Festival Orchestra. Recent commissions include: “Earthquake!”, a ballet which premiered at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in April, 2006; “Little Shimmers” for the TroMetrik ensemble, which premiered at ODC in San Francisco in April, 2006; “Daredevil” for the ArrayMusic chamber ensemble, which was premiered in Toronto in 2006; A concert length sequence of works for orchestra and virtual worlds (including “Canons for Wroclaw”, “Khaenoncerto”, “The Egg”, and others) celebrating the 1000th birthday of the city of Wroclaw, Poland, premiered in 2000; A triple concerto, “The Navigator Tree”, commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Composers Forum, premiered in 2000; and “Mirror/Storm”, a symphony commissioned by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and premiered in 1998. “Continental Harmony”, a PBS special that documented the development and premiere of “The Navigator Tree” won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. His CD “Instruments of Change” was released on Point/Polygram in 1994.

IN VISUAL ART

Lanier’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and Europe. In 2002 he co-created (with Philippe Parreno) an exhibit illustrating how aliens might perceive humans for the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris. In 1994 he directed the film “Muzork” under a commission from ARTE Television. His 1983 “Moondust” (which he programmed in 6502 assembly) is generally regarded as the first art video game, and the first interactive music publication. He has presented installations in New York City, including the “Video Feedback Waterbed” and the “Time-accelerated Painting”, which was situated in the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage. His first one man show took place in 1997 at the Danish Museum for Modern Art in Roskilde. He helped make up the gadgets and scenarios for the 2002 science fiction movie Minority Report by Steven Spielberg.CELEBRITY FLUFF

In 2005 Lanier was selected as one of the top one hundred public intellectuals in the world by readers of Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines. The Encyclopaedia Britannica (but certainly not the Wikipedia) includes him in its list of history’s 300 or so greatest inventors. The nation of Palau has issued a postage stamp in his honor. Various television documentaries have been produced about him, such as “Dreadlocks and Digital Dreamworlds” by Tech TV in 2002. The 1992 movie Lawnmower Man was in part based on him and his early laboratory- he was played by Piers Brosnan. He has appeared on national television many times, on shows such as “The News Hour,” “Nightline,” and “Charlie Rose,” and has been profiled multiple times on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

AWARDS

  • Carnegie Mellon University’s Watson award in 2001
  • Finalist for the first Edge of Computation Award in 2005
  • Honorary doctorate from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2006
  • IEEE Virtual Reality Career Award in 2009
  • Named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in 2010 (nominated by Microsoft VP Dan Reed)

WORKS

WESTERN CLASSICAL MUSIC

  • Instruments of Change (1994),[22] POINT Music/Philips/PolyGram Records

VIDEO GAMES

  • Moondust (C64, 1983)
  • Alien Garden (Atari 800, 1982)

SIGNIFICANT PAPERS

  • “One Half of a Manifesto”, Edge, 11.11.00
  • “Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism”, Edge, 5.30.06
  • “Beware the Online Collective”, Edge, 12.25.06

BOOKS

  • You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010, ISBN 978-1846143410

SPEECHES

  • ‘Finding Humanity in the Interface: Capacity Atrophy or Augmentation?’ A debate between Jaron Lanier and Will Wright from the Accelerating Change 2004 conference.
  • Video of Jaron Lanier speaking at a Film Festival
  • Video of Jaron Lanier’s “McLuhan Ramp” Lecture
  • Video of Jaron Lanier with Neal Stephenson, Neil Gershenfeld, Raymond Laflamme, and Tara Hunt, on The Agenda with Steve Paikin at the Quantum to Cosmos festival
  • Video of panel discussion with Jaron Lanier, Neal Stephenson and Lee Smolin, “Seeing Science Through Fiction” at the Quantum to Cosmos festival
  • Podcast of Science in the Pub panel discussion with Jaron Lanier, Hod Lipson, Wilson da Silva and Eliezer Yudkowsky: “So We’re All Gonna be Robots, Now?”
  • Video of Jaron Lanier giving a talk titled: ‘Staying Human in a Tech-Driven World’ at Zócalo public square, on January 28, 2010

INTERVIEWS

  • Interview with Jaron Lanier on Music
  • Coding from Scratch: A Conversation with Jaron Lanier, Part 1
  • The Future of Virtual Reality: A Conversation with Jaron Lanier, Part 2
  • Brown, David Jay; Novick, Rebecca McClen (1995). Voices from the edge: Conversations with Jerry Garcia, Ram Dass, Annie Sprinkle, Matthew Fox, Jaron Lanier, & others. Freedom, CA: Crossing Press. ISBN 0-89594-732-3
  • Interview by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Counterpoint program; Lanier strongly criticises both Wikipedia and singularitarianism
  • A Conversation with Jaron Lanier

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RAHUL SINGH – FOUNDER OF GLOBAL MEDIC

A shining example of this selfless effort is Rahul Singh, a paramedic from Toronto, who founded GlobalMedic in 1998, providing disaster relief in the immediate aftermath of catastrophes using volunteer professional emergency workers. Singh and his group of volunteers wasted no time in arriving in Port-au-Prince and setting about providing clean drinking water and medical aid wherever it was needed. Over an eight-week period, his team distributed 2.4 million gal. of clean water, while GlobalMedic’s two inflatable field hospitals brought medical assistance to more than 7,000 people. They also trained a local team of Haitians to take over the work, and right now that is just what they are doing. By providing these three essentials: medical aid, water and training, they have left a lasting contribution to a grateful Haitian population.

Rahul Singh founded the David McAntony Gibson Foundation (DMGF) in 1998 to honour the memory of his best friend who tragically lost his life on February 7, 1998. In just 10 years, Singh’s tireless efforts have resulted in a globally recognized, innovative and efficient organization. He has also personally led over 25 GlobalMedic missions around the world and is the charity’s Executive Director.

Singh has been a professional emergency worker since 1988. Currently he serves the citizens of Toronto as a frontline Paramedic. Combining a passion for humanitarian assistance from a frontline emergency perspective, Singh created GlobalMedic’s unique operational mandate of providing disaster relief in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophe with professional emergency workers. Singh has received the Indo-Canadian Commerce’s 2006 Humanitarian of the Year Award and received multiple letters of commendation from the likes of former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, Grenadian Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Toronto Mayor David Miller, and Federal Member of Parliament Jim Karygiannis. Singh has also won the James Allen Award from Toronto EMS in 2004 and an award from the Toronto Paramedic Association for Humanitarian Efforts in 2005.

Disaster zones to which GlobalMedic has deployed or delivered aid:

EARTHQUAKES

  • Haiti 2010
  • Indonesia 2009
  • Pakistan – November 2008
  • China – May 2008
  • Indonesia – March 2007
  • Peru – August 2007
  • Indonesia – September 2007
  • Indonesia – May 2006
  • Pakistan – November 2005
  • Iran – February 2004

FLOODS

  • Brazil – November 2008
  • Guatemala – November 2008
  • Honduras – November 2008
  • Mexico – November 2007
  • Kenya – September 2007
  • Bangladesh – August 2007
  • Sudan – August 2007
  • Pakistan – July 2007
  • Indonesia – February 2007
  • Somalia – February 2007
  • Somalia – December 2006
  • Guyana – January 2005

CYCLONES

  • Myanmar – Cyclone Nargis – May 2008
  • Bangladesh – Cyclone Sidr – November 2007 Hurricanes
  • Haiti – Hurricane Ike – September 2008
  • Dominican Rep. – Hurricane Noel – November 2007
  • Guatemala – Hurricane Stan – October 2005
  • Grenada – Hurricane Ivan – September 2004

TSUNAMI

  • Solomon Islands – April 2007
  • Sri Lanka – Boxing Day Tsunami – December 2004

TYPHOON

  • Philippines – Typhoon Ketsana – September 2009
  • Philippines – Typhoon Durian – September 2006

CONFLICT/COMPLEX EMERGENCY

  • Pakistan 2009
  • SriLanka 2009
  • Gaza – January 2009
  • DR Congo – November 2008
  • Sri Lanka – March 2007
  • Lebanon – September 2006

EPIDEMIC

  • Zimbabwe – Cholera Outbreak – December 2008

LANDSLIDES

  • Philippines – February 2006

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ROGER FEDERER – THE SEXIEST SWISS TENNIS PLAYER

Roger Federer was born on August 8, 1981 in Basel, Switzerland. He is a famous tennis player who is currently World’s Number One. He has German, Swiss and South African origins and his parents’ names are Robert Federer and Lynette Federer. He grew up in Switzerland and he speaks fluently German, French and English. The person who is always next to him and supports him is Miroslava Vavrinec or Mirka. She is an ex tennis player and they met in 2000 at the Sydney Olympics. He likes children and likes to take care of them, that is why he does a lot of charity actions and is involved in the UNICEF programs. On April 3, 2003 he was named Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF.

His career as a tennis player started when he was six years old. In 1998 he won the junior Wimbledon title and soon became professional. Until now (2007) he won three of the four Grand Slam titles. The French Open has not been in his hands yet and in 2007 Rafael Nadal managed to beat him. He won four times at Wimbledon: in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2007 he is the favourite player there and specialists give him great chances to win the fifth consecutive title. At the Australian Open he won three times: 2004, 2006 and 2007.

The US Open was conquered three consecutive times 2004, 2005 and 2006. Tony Roche is his last coach and probably the most famous. Federer has renounced at his services in 2007. He received many awards and also won tournaments at Indian Wells, Toronto, Hamburg, Miami, Cincinnati, Madrid or Dubai. As you can see his results are amazing. He surprised everyone and famous names in the tennis history see him as a legend and consider that his career is just getting started. We can say that he is phenomenon as many records were smashed by him.

In April 2006, named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Carried Swiss flag in opening ceremonies of Athens Olympics in 2004 and Beijing Olympics in 2008 (on his birthday). Named ATP Player of Year and earned Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship award from 2004-07 and ATPtennis.com fans’ favorite from 2003-07. I.T.W.A. Player of the Year and Ambassador for Tennis award winner in 2004-06. Named 2003 “Swiss of the Year” by his country’s TV audience. Won 2004 Laureus World Sportsman of Year. Listed in People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” issue as an “International Man of Sexiness” in November 2005.

One year later, was featured in the same in the “Sexy Surroundings” category. Also featured in Vogue in December 2006. Is close friend of Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour. She has attended his matches at Wimbledon and the US Open and he accompanied her to Fashion Week in New York City following 2006 US Open. Named GQ’s “International Man of the Year” for 2005 in Germany. Speaks English, German, Swiss German, French and some Swedish and Italian. Fitness trainer is Pierre Paganini. Golf superstar Tiger Woods attended ’06 US Open final and both athletes met for first time. Received 2006 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of Year award and named 2006-07 BBC Sports Overseas Personality of Year (also in ’04).

In October 2007, voted No. 30 in a list of “the 100 most influential people in the world of sports” in BusinessWeek Magazine in U.S. (one of six athletes in Top 30). Named in Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in World” in May 14, 2007 issue. Recipient of U.S. Academy Outstanding Athlete in 2005-06 presented by USA. Today and MSNBC (voted by fans). Had a stamp of him released by Swiss Post on April 10, 2007 in his birthplace of Basel. Elected to two-year term in June 2008 to ATP Player Council.CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Current ATP Champions Race Position: 2
Current Doubles Rank: 326
Career titles for singles: 62
Career titles for doubles: 8
Career matches won: 705
Career matches lost: 169
Year to date matches won: 27
Year to date matches lost: 8
Career prize money: $56,063,966.00
Year to date prize money for singles: $2,701,897.00

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EMMANUELLE CHRIQUI – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CANADIAN ACTRESS

Emmanuelle Chriqui was born on December 10th, 1977 in the Canadian city of Montreal. The Chriqui (pronounced shree-kee) family is Moroccan and Emmanuelle has both an older sister and an older brother. They moved to Toronto when Emmanuelle was about 6 years old and this is where she grew up. When she was 9, she realized that acting was something she wanted to do more than anything else. Her parents couldn’t afford acting lessons for their youngest daughter but Serge, her older brother who was 18 at the time, dipped into his own pockets and paid for the classes himself. With her family’s unshakable support, a 10-year-old Emmanuelle began her acting career in a McDonald’s commercial, with a dancing cheeseburger on her sweatshirt. More commercials followed but she had yet to be a superstar. After a few years, Chriqui relocated to Vancouver and began auditioning for TV shows. Supporting herself by working as a waitress — a flexible job that let her make her own schedule — she landed guest-starring roles in the mid-’90s, in Canadian series such as Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Forever Knight, Kung Fu, Once a Thief, and Psi Factor. Then came a succession of TV movies that allowed her to receive more exposure, including Harrison Bergeron (1995) with Christopher Plummer and Sean Astin, Unwed Father (1997), Principal Takes a Holiday (1998) with Kevin Nealon, and Futuresport (1998) with Wesley Snipes and Vanessa Williams. With these projects under her belt, Chriqui was ready for meatier parts. Hollywood came calling and she was offered a supporting role in Detroit Rock City (1999), the story of four teenage boys who try to attend a KISS concert. Even though her screen time was limited, it served as a stepping stone and her next movie, Snow Day (2000), put her on the map. In this Nickelodeon production, Emmanuelle portrayed Claire Bonner, the most popular girl in school. Once again, her name wasn’t on the marquee but she left an impression and even starred in the Hoku music video for “Another Dumb Blonde” (from the Snow Day soundtrack).Emmanuelle’s next projects were the horror thriller Ricky 6 (2000) and the little-seen teen sex comedy, 100 Girls (2000). In the latter, she played Patty, a promiscuous artsy girl who turns out to be the most three-dimensional character in the film, having a more significant part than anticipated. Just when things started picking up for the raven-haired actress, she got the chance of a lifetime and was selected to appear in the Steven Spielberg science-fiction epic, Artificial Intelligence: AI. Chriqui was on the set for three days in the summer of 2000, but unfortunately her scene wound up on the cutting room floor. The same fate awaited her later that summer when she participated in the shooting of Todd Solondz’s Storytelling, with Selma Blair. Still making her way up the Hollywood hierarchy, she won the coveted female lead in On the Line (2001), also known as the ‘N Sync movie because it starred group members Lance Bass and Joey Fatone. She wasn’t very knowledgeable about the band but got to hang out with them for a month before shooting and built chemistry with the boys. In the process, she made a lot of teenage girls jealous. Chriqui’s next role came two years later when she appeared alongside Eliza Dushku as Carly, a girl who is stalked by cannibals in Wrong Turn (2003). Currently living in L.A. and New York City, she has just finished shooting the fourth installment of the popular The Crow series, called The Crow: Wicked Prayer, which stars Edward Furlong, Tara Reid and Dennis Hopper; it’s scheduled for release in 2004.

FILMOGRAPHY

  • Tortured (2008)
  • Patriotville (2007)
  • Entourage (12 episodes, 2005-2007)
  • After Sex (2007)
  • Deceit (2006) (TV)
  • Waltzing Anna (2006)
  • In the Mix (2005)
  • Adam and Eve (2005)
  • The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005)
  • Waiting… (2005)
  • Unscripted (3 episodes, 2005)
  • Candy Paint (2005)
  • The O.C. (2 episodes, 2005)
  • Tom 51 (2005)
  • Jake 2.0 (1 episode, 2003)
  • Rick (2003)
  • Wrong Turn (2003/I)
  • On the Line (2001)
  • 100 Girls (2000)
  • Snow Day (2000)
  • Ricky 6 (2000)
  • Detroit Rock City (1999)
  • Futuresport (1998) (TV)
  • Cuori in campo (1998) (TV)
  • Once a Thief (1 episode, 1998)
  • Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998) (TV)
  • A Champion’s Fight: A Moment of Truth Movie (1998) (TV)
  • Principal Takes a Holiday (1998) (TV)
  • Kyuketsuki Miyu (14 episodes, 1997-1998)
  • The Adventures of Sinbad (1 episode, 1997)
  • Unwed Father (1997) (TV)
  • Exhibit A: Secrets of Forensic Science (1 episode, 1997)
  • PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1 episode, 1997)
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1 episode, 1996)
  • Traders (1 episode, 1996)
  • The Donor (1995)
  • Forever Knight (1 episode, 1995)
  • Harrison Bergeron (1995) (TV)
  • Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1 episode, 1995)

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KIM YU-NA – ICE ANGEL OF SOUTH KOREA

Kim Yu Na was born on September 5, 1990, in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Kim Yuna began skating when she was seven. In 2003, at age 12, she became the youngest woman ever to win the senior title at the South Korean Figure Skating Championships. The sport was not popular in South Korea back then though.The Koreans only started to pay serious attention to the young star after Kim won the silver medal at the 2005 Junior Grand Prix Final, the country’s first ever medal in an international figure skating championship.

Kim made her senior international debut at 2006 Skate Canada where she won a bronze medal. She continued to excel in various competitions and won the gold at the 2006/2007 Grand Prix Final in Russia. Kim claimed the world records in 2007 for both the short and long programs under the new ISU scoring system. She only managed a bronze at the 2007 World Championships in Japan though, while successfully defended her title at the 2007/2008 Grand Prix Final in Italy.

Kim again won the bronze medal at the 2008 World Championship in Sweden despite competing with a back injury. She got silver in the 2008/2009 Grand Prix Final in South Korea. Kim’s dominance began to surface in 2009 with a new world record in short program at the 4CC. She set another new record in short programs and overall score enroute to her gold medal at the 2009 World Championship in USA. She was the first female skater to surpass 200 points under the new ISU judging system.

Kim continued to break record after record and won her third Grand Prix Final title in Japan for the 2009/2010 season. Kim broke the world record again with a total of total of 228.56 points, en-route to winning the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Kim is a huge celebrity in South Korea, appearing in various commercials e.g. for Nike, Kookmin Bank, Hyundai Motors, Hauzen (profile pic) and Anycall etc. She is also appointed as an ambassador for the 2010-2012 Visit Korea Year.

Kim’s official sponsors are Kookmin Bank, Nike, Korean Air and Hyundai Motor Company. Her other endorsements include Anycall (mobile phone), Hauzen (air conditioner), Lac Vert (cosmetics), Maeil Dairies Co.Ltd (Dairy products), Saffron (fabric softener) and J. Estina (Jewelry). Her skating music and other favorites were compiled in the album Yuna Kim – Fairy On ICE – Skating Music (Universal Music Korea, 2008).

Kim has appeared on multiple commercials in South Korea. She sings in some commercials and also sang in T.V. specials. Her commercial for a new touchscreen haptic phone from Samsung Electronics, dubbed as Yuna’s Haptic (SPH-W7700), debuted in South Korea on May 24, 2009. In the commercial, she plays a rock singer, a teenager, and a writer to show off various features of the phone. Samsung Electronics has sold over one million devices in a record seven months.

DONATIONS

Kim has been a generous donor. She has donated more than 2 billion won ($1.7 million) in the last 3 years. Kim has been supporting young figure skaters, as well as promising skaters since 2007. She has also been supporting patients suffering rare diseases and children in need. Below is part of a list of donations made by her.

  • Jan 2007 – 12 million won scholarships to 6 young skaters after her first advertisement endorsement of Kookmin Bank.
  • May 2007 – 10 million won scholarship to fellow skater Hyeon-Jung Kim after making a contract with LG Household & Health Care advertisement.
  • Sep 2007 – 200 million won (100 million of her own + 100 million won additional contributions from Ivy Club) in form of school uniforms to low-income-family youths after making a contract with Ivy Club advertisement.
  • Dec 2007 – 100 school uniforms (worth 20 million won) to youths damaged by Taean oil spill disaster.
  • Apr 2008 – Visited to Everland with 800 children from Seoul Boys Town on Kookmin Bank Volunteer Day.
  • May 2008 – 50 million won (in addition to contributions from Daishin Securities) to young skaters after giving a talk to public at Daishin Investment Forum 2008.
  • May 2008 – 40 million won worth of one-year provision of Maeil Dairies Company products to low-income-family youths.
  • May 2008 – Participated in the recording of a humanitarian song “I Love Asia” Project to help earthquake victims of Sichuan, China.
  • Dec 2008 – 100 million won worth of school uniforms to low-income-family youths after renewing her advertisement contract with Ivy Club.
  • Dec 2008 – Over 1,000 dolls, she received at Grand Prix Final, to juvenile cancer wards in hospitals in metropolitan Seoul area.
  • Dec 2008 – 50 million won to young skaters at “Little Yuna’ Youth skaters support project” Campaign of Sports Toto Lottery Company.
  • Dec 2008 – 144 million won, total amount of ticket earnings from the charity ice show “Angels on Ice 2008” to children with rare diseases and juvenile cancer patients.
  • Apr 2009 – 100 million won worth of dairy products to low-income-family youths through the Seongname Welfare Center of World Vision.
  • May 2009 – Visited Asan Hospital to inquire after juvenile cancer patients on Children’s Day.
  • May 2009 – 100 million won and skate boots while participating in UNICEF Pigotta Doll Project to help children with immunization campaign.
  • Dec 2009 – Her portrait rights for free to be included in the Christmas seals for tuberculosis eradication.
  • Jan 2010 – 100 million won through UNICEF to Haiti relief.
  • Apr 2010 – 40 million won fee for appearing in a radio campaign for the rights of the disabled to Korea Foundation for Persons with Disabilities.
  • Apr 2010 – 50 million won, some part of earnings from Festa on Ice 2010, to ChunAhn-Häm (sunken Korean battleship) victims who passed away in the ship.

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