2 fans spend US$6.5K for fitness session with Wu Chun

Yesterday, I shared this article that I stumbled online - Tulong Mindanao: Charity auction project with Wu Chun ;

I would like to THANK  the Brunei Times for sending me the Media Release :)

 

PRESS STATEMENT
From The Brunei Times/Tulong Mindanao Campaign
April 11, 2012

2 fans spend US$6.5K for fitness session with Wu Chun


Singer and actor Wu Chun tapped his star power to raise US$6,514 through a charity in Brunei that auctioned two 30-minute workout sessions with him.

The money came from two of his fans who will each be spending an exclusive workout session with the former member of popular Taiwanese boyband Fahrenheit, after winning in an online charity auction for the benefit of Typhoon Washi victims in the Philippines.

The Tulong Mindanao Charity Auction and Bazaar, initiated by news daily The Brunei Times, bid out two lots involving a fitness session: “Thirty Minutes of Personal Gym Training Time with Wu Chun in Brunei” and “A Thirty-Minute One-on-One Basketball Session with Wu Chun in Brunei”.

The online auction on April 8, 2012 drew participation from the Brunei-born pop star’s fans from across Asia. The first lot went to a fan who placed a bid for US$3,888. The second went under the hammer for US$2,626 to Julia Lee, a bidder from Taiwan.

In a note to The Brunei Times, Wu Chun said of the Tulong Mindanao online bidding: “It’s just a two-day auction and a total of close to 10,000 Brunei dollars for two 30-minute workout sessions with me is just too expensive! I really feel guilty but at the same time I’m hoping that this amount can really help those in need in the Philippines.”

In a message to the news daily, Philippine Ambassador to Brunei Nestor Z. Ochoa thanked Wu Chun “for his wholehearted support for efforts to raise money for the (typhoon) victims”.

Ochoa said he was grateful to Wu Chun’s fans for their support.

Wu Chun’s celebrity inspired his fans to support the charity, based on online conversations on the auction, said Rachel Thien, a reporter with The Brunei Times and a member of the charity’s working committee.

Alis Lau, an online bidder from Hong Kong, was disappointed she did not win the gym training auction lot, said Monica Chee, a member of the charity’s working committee. In a message to the daily, Lau nevertheless said she believed in the sincerity of the celebrity in his charity work so she donated US$1,010 to Tulong Mindanao.

This is not the first time the international artiste and managing director of Fitness Zone Brunei used his popularity to support a charitable cause, said Ambassador Ochoa.

In January this year, Wu Chun “personally lent his star power” by encouraging the public to join and meet him at charity event Les Mills Aerobics Marathon in Brunei, the diplomat said.

All proceeds from Tulong Mindanao, which was supported by Brunei’s Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, will be handed over to the ministry’s Humanitarian Fund for Victims of Tropical Storm Washi-Philippines.

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