Son Heung-min has donated £100.000 to the victims of South Korea’s worst ever forest fire. The Tottenham star was moved to act after news broke of a blaze in his homeland that killed two people and forced thousands to leave their homes.
There is a massive relief effort underway in South Korea and 17.700 emergency service personnel have mobilised to get the inferno under control.
The player’s home region of Gangwon, in the north-east of the country, was hit by a huge blaze believed to have been started by a spark at a transformer near Goseong County.
An estimated 135 homes were destroyed with two dead after high winds slept the flames across the area. A national emergency was declared as fire fighters put out the fire, leading to Spurs winger Son sending the donation.
“It’s nothing compared to what the victims have sacrificed”, he said, as quoted by Goal.“Although I’m living abroad, I know what’s happening in my home country. I think it’s something I should do when there’s a big disaster in my home country. I believe money does not matter. The most important thing is a mind to do something for the victims”, he added.
Top season for Son
The Spurs striker is the star of South Korea’s national team and helped his side win the Asian Games last September, an achievement that saw him spared from military service.
Son has managed 18 goals in all competitions at club level this season, with his most recent strike seeing Spurs beat Manchester City 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.