For Christmas 2004, EKF launched a campaign to gather support to organize a charity event and to prepare packages of gifts for the children and young women of the SOS Children¡¯s Villages, Aeranwon, and Motungii Shwimpteo. EKF asked European companies for financial donations or donations in kind. Following the campaign, EKF was able to organize a Christmas party at the SOS Children's Village in Seoul and surprise Aeranwon with 10 new computers.
1st Oktoberfest in Pyongyang
In October 2004, the first ever Oktoberfest in Pyongyang was celebrated by more than two hundred guests from the foreign community, residing in Pyongyang, as well as invited North Koreans. The event was co-organised by the German embassy in Pyongyang and EKF.
BMW provides Orphans with a fun Summer Holiday
With the aim to provide the children of the SOS Children¡¯s Village with a fun-filled summer holiday, BMW invited 92 orphans to CaribbeanBay in Everland, Yongin. For the children, the day started with an exciting ride in BMWs to the water park, which, as some children later proclaimed, was the best part of the entire day.
Date:August 16, 2004
Place:CaribbeanBay, Everland, Yongin
No. of Children: 92 children and their caretakers
No. of Cars: 20 BMW cars (Models: 3,5, and 7-Series, X3, X5)
Volunteers: Employees of BMW Korea
Sponsored by: BMW Korea
07:20 amPick-up at SOS Children¡¯s Village
08:30 amArrival at CaribbeanBay, Everland, Yongin
Dinner at Bennigan¡¯s
Departure to SOS Children¡¯s Village
From the Press Release:
The German car manufacturer BMW gave children from the SOS Children¡¯s Village, a South Korean orphanage, the opportunity to spend a fun-filled day at CaribbeanBay, Everland, Yongin. EKF was proud to be a co-organizer of the event.
BMW provided 20 BMW cars and volunteer drivers to take the children to CaribbeanBay and paid for the entrance fee of all participants. They also provided the kids with lunch and ¡°Bay Coins,¡± which the children could use to buy ice cream, beverages, and souvenirs. After spending the entire day riding CaribbeanBay¡¯s numerous water slides, the children could recharge themselves with dinner at Bennigan¡¯s.
With happy smiles and BMW presents, they proclaimed that they would tell all their friends in school about their great day at CaribbeanBay. Tired but happy they returned to the SOS Children¡¯s Village at the end of the day.
European Companies and a Theatre Donate their Products and Services to Charities in 2004
In 2004, several European companies and Chongdong Theatre showed their commitment to the welfare of Korean society by donating their companies¡¯ products and services to three South Korean charities, EKF supports. The donations were spearheaded by EKF, which supports South Korean charity organizations and is committed to deepening relationships between the EU and the Korean Peninsula.
EKF Scholarship Programme 2004
After the success of the first year of the EKF Scholarship Programme, EKF invited another round of students to apply for the EKF scholarship. Many students with excellent academic records applied to receive funding for their studies in Europe. In August 2004, two South Korean students received the EKF scholarship and went to the UK and Germany for their graduate studies. For the EKF Scholarship Programme, the year 2004 was very important, because for the first time, EKF was able to also send North Korean students to European universities.
Training Seminars and Workshops for North Koreans
In 2004, EKF was able to start its training activities in and for North Koreans. In June, EKF sent North Korean patent examiners to Beijing to participate in the EPO-SIPO Joint Training Seminar for Junior Patent Examiners. Furthermore, EKF organised a Seminar on the International Monetary and Financial System and a Workshop on Custom Practices in Pyongyang.
Children¡¯s Contest with Donga Daily
On May 3, 2004, EKF organized a picture contest with Donga Daily to celebrate Korean Children¡¯s Day and the expansion of the European Union. The contest was aimed at Korean children and its goal was for the Korean children to discover Europe by matching famous European monuments to the capitals where they are located in.