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G-Dragon's Latest Birthday Donation Benefits ALS Nursing Home

By Annie | August 19, 2014 07:41 PM EDT

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For the past couple weeks, as we have scrolled through our Facebook feeds, many of us have seen an increase in videos of our friends and family members dumping buckets of ice water on their heads.

The 'Ice Bucket Challenge' campaign serves to raise awareness of (and research money for) ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease. By asking people to take to social media and challenge their friends and family to dump a bucket of ice water on their heads, or donate $100 to an ALS foundation of their choice, the Ice Bucket Challenge has already raised millions of dollars from around the world.

The campaign may have kicked off in the US, but its influence has already reached South Korea, where many celebrities are jumping on board to help out in the fight against the terrible disease.

Singer Tim brought the campaign to Korean attention when he challenged Sean, Fly to the Sky's Brian, and Siwon of Super Junior to follow suit. Sean then passed the challenge along to actor Jo In Sung and Big Bang leader G-Dragon.

Opting not to dump a bucket of water on his head, G-Dragon instead chose to make a large donation to an ALS organization.

In honor of his birthday on August 18, the popular rapper donated 81.8 million won (approximately $80,000 USD) to the Seungil Hope Foundation to help build a nursing home for patients living with Lou Gehrig's disease.

On the 18th, a statement regarding the donation from Big Bang's record label, YG Entertainment, explained, "GD made a heartfelt donation to Seungil Hope Foundation in celebration of his birthday."

The Foundation was started by former basketball coach Park Seungil, an ALS sufferer himself, who has been working in conjunction with G-Dragon and other YG Entertainment artists on various philanthropic endeavors.

The Big Bang leader has regularly given to various charities and organizations through monetary donations, auctions, fan fundraisers, and charity concerts. In 2011 he donated 50 million won to Seoul National University Children's Hospital for his birthday.

To learn more about ALS and how you can donate, visit www.alsa.org.

Tagged :  G-Dragon, Big Bang, YG Entertainmet

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