South Korean actress Ha Ji Won seen during her recent trip to Hanoi as Ambassador to Operation Smile. Photo: Thanh Nien
During her recent visit to Hanoi, South Korean screen star Ha Ji Won said she wished to help children with facial deformities in Vietnam and around the world.
Won made the trip as an Ambassador to the children’s charity Operation Smile.
“Being able to eat and speak are simple things but there are unfortunate kids who can’t do these things. They are born cleft lips and cleft palates,” Ha Ji Won said, “Helping those children is what my heart tells me to do.”
“Having been a volunteer for Operation Smile since 2005, I got lots of happiness whenever I see the smiles of children [after they received cleft lip and palate surgeries]," said the 36-year-old address, who recently became the second Asian ambassador to the international children's medical charity after Jackie Chan.
Ha Ji Won participated in a number of activities, including a fundraising event, held by Operation Smile on November 15-16 to mark the 25th anniversary of its operations in Vietnam.
In the past 25 years, Operation Smile Vietnam has provided free surgeries for roughly 30,000 children across the country.
Ha Ji Won is famous for her appearances on the South Korean TV soap opera Secret Garden, the period drama Hwang Jini, the big-budget monster flick Sector 7, and one of Korea’s highest grossing films of all time Haeundae.