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Ford Korea Holds Wish Bear Project Event

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Ford Korea Wish Bear Project 2019
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September marked the most recent Ford Global Month of Caring, which saw volunteers from around the globe take part in initiatives that aim to help enrich the lives of others. In Korea, Ford volunteers worked to carry out its annual Wish Bear Project event, which has been a staple of Ford’s outreach in Korea for the last five years.  

Every September since 2015, Ford employees and Ford dealer employees handmake teddy bears for ill children. One hundred and forty employees took part in the Wish Bear Project this year, crafting a total of 200 bears and countless handwritten wish cards.

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Ford Korea’s philanthropic aims took an additional step forward in 2019 with the establishment of the Ford Korea Volunteer Corps. The four-member group kicked off in June by helping create a Wish Day for 18-year-old lymphoma survivor Byunghun Kang, who wants to become an automotive engineer. Teaming with the Korea Make a Wish foundation, the Ford Korea Volunteer Corps sent Byunghun and his family to the gorgeous island of Jeju and arranged a day for him to shadow and even work alongside Ford Master technicians.

“Ford Korea’s Wish Bear project is one that has been taking place every year for the past five years. It reflects Ford’s corporate value to become the most reliable company in the world,” said Ford Korea CEO Jae Jung. “This year was especially more heart-warming with the foundation of first Ford Korea Volunteer Corps. Ford Korea will continue to contribute in making our society a better one through continuous and diverse social contribution activities.”

Ford reports that over 500 Ford Volunteer Corps were launched in September, bringing the total number of volunteer hours over the past 14 years to 1.7 million.

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