Hyundai to Donate 1 Million Dream Balls to African Children
- Hyundai to deliver 1 million footballs to African children through
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
- Yuna Kim, South Korea’s figure skating gold medalist to donate the first ball
Yuna Kim, the ladies’ figure skating gold medalist of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, with a personally signed Hyundai dream ball
(Seoul, Korea) Hyundai Motor Company, one of the FIFA top partners, initiated a program called ’1 Million Dream Balls for Africa’, to commemorate its 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ sponsorship.
On June 1, Yuna Kim, South Korea’s figure skating gold medalist will donate the first football for the program. Hyundai Motor will subsequently donate 1 million soccer balls to African children through NGOs such as the United Nations (UN). The balls will be delivered under the names of people who buy a Hyundai car from the company’s worldwide sales networks and members of
Hyundai’s 2010 FIFA World Cup™ micro-website,fifaworldcup.hyundai.com, who wish to take a part in the project. This project will last until the 1 millionth Hyundai fan in the world participates.
The automaker launched the ‘1 Million Dream Balls for Africa’ project as a part of its 2010 FIFA World Cup™ marketing programs to provide worldwide Hyundai fans with an opportunity to contribute to the African society where football is not just a sport but something that symbolizes hopes and dreams to children.
The first dream ball, donated by Yuna Kim, will arrive in Johannesburg on June 8 and when all million balls get delivered together with participants’ names, NGOs including UN’s affiliated organizations will distribute them to 50 countries in Africa.
“I’m so delighted to participate in Hyundai’s ‘1 Million Dream Balls for Africa’ project as the first donor and wish the balls help all African children grow up to lead the future of their beautiful countries and the rest of the world,” said the ladies’ figure skating gold medalist of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Yuna Kim, while personally signing a dream ball.
Hyundai plans to continue various CSR activities throughout the world to fulfill its duty as a good global corporate citizen.
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown into the Hyundai Automotive Group, which was ranked as the world’s fifth-largest automaker since 2007 and includes over two dozen auto-related subsidiaries and affiliates. Employing over 75,000 people worldwide, Hyundai Motor sold approximately 2.8 million vehicles globally in 2008, posting sales of US$25.6 billion on a non-consolidated basis (using the average currency exchange of 1257.5 won per US dollar). Hyundai vehicles are sold in 193 countries through some 6,000 dealerships and showrooms.
Further information about Hyundai Motor and its products are available at www.hyundai.com.