Former UN Sec. Gen. Ban Ki-Moon asked for South Korea's bigger role in helping the world's poor countries in his speech he delivered in a recent gathering in Seoul.
The 76-year-old ex-UN chief made the speech under the title of "UN & World Citizenship" at the charity dinner event hosted by President Heo Joon-Young of "Sports Doctors," the world's largest medical service NGO at Westin Chosun Hotel in downtown Seoul on June 27 (Friday), 2018.
As many as 300 high-profile guests including nation's top hospital executives were invited to listen to the former world's highest diplomat.
He said that still there are a number of needy children and people who await the helping hands of the world's citizen.
In particular, Mr. Ban stressed the need for South Korea's larger role in assisting the poor and needy people around the world.
Mr. Ban served as South Korean foreign minister before he was elected as UN secretary for the two consecutive terms. He spent his life as a career diplomat.
While delivering his speech Mr. Ban praised President Heo's efforts for providing medical help to the poor countries, saying that the most pending issues human rights and to offer medical service to the poor nations.
"Mr. Heo's Sports Doctors can be the right organization for this task," he said "Sports Doctors with 700,000 medical staff members provided medical helps and services in every corner of the world over 2,000 times"
The special lecture of Mr. Ban was hosted by President Heo Joon-Young of "Sports Doctors," the world's largest medical service NGO. The lecture was done over the dinner at the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Chosun Hotel.
The guests included nation's top politicians, presidents and chairpeople of the medical hospitals or associations, and media people.
Representing nation's medical circle President Lim Young-Jin of the Korean Hospital Association (KHA) delivered a congratulatory speech at the dinner. Lim also serves as president of Kyung Hee University Medical Center.
"It was quite surprising that the number of tuberculosis (TB) patients is up to 130,000 in North Korea and its dilapidated medical situations are getting worse and worse," Mr. Lim said. "Our medical association wants to help the North in alliance with Sports Doctors"
On behalf of the diplomatic circle in Seoul Myanmar Ambassador to South Korea Thura Thet Oo Maung was invited.
Among the famous personalities were Kim Heung-Gook of Korea Singers' Association and Kim Hak-Do, a well-known comedian and master of ceremony.
In the welcoming speech President Heo revealed his wish to cooperate with the global leaders like Mr. Ban in his philanthropic medical service activities.
Who Is Heo Joon-Young & Sports Doctors?
President of “Sports Doctors,” a UN-registered medical service social NGO, Heo spends one of the most hectic times of his life, leading the South Korea's largest social medical service social group "Sports Doctors.”
Every week Heo hosts or attends an average of 15 or more social or medical service pro-bono works directed to helping the needy folks or other socially vulnerable people both at home and overseas.
"Sports Doctors,” founded by Heo years ago, boasts of over 200,000 medical doctors as its members in South Korea alone.
Recently Heo's Sports Doctors signed an agreement with the Association of Private Doctors boasting of 40,000 doctors as its members. With them Heo will embark on the overseas medical services for needy children in the poor countries.
"I will visit the needy folks suffering diseases and poverty in every corner of the global village," Heo said in a recent interview with the local media. "I will make Sports Doctors the fastest NGO visiting the suffering folks"
The UN-registered medical service social NGO is expected to become the largest and most important NGO of its kind in the near future, Heo hopes.
Before he turned himself into a social worker and philanthropist, Heo was a successful businessman himself. Well, Heo is still a businessman, leading one of nation's leading business groups "My Business Group" as its chairman. My Business Group includes My Construction Co., My Pharm Ltd., and My Design Co.
Before he was social worker and businessman he was an athlete: Wrestler of Greco-Roman style. During his university years and immediate years after graduation he represented South Korea in various sports events as a leading wrestler of Greco-roman style.
Based on his strong health as a former wrestler Heo is involved in a variety of social works and other social activities these days.
The Seoul Times recently met with Chairman Heo Joon-Young in his office in Hannam-dog area of Seoul.
For the remainder of this year alone Heo plans to visit more than 20 countries including Swaziland, the Philippines, Cambodia, China, Fiji, and Kazakhstan.
"Within this year I will increase the number of our programs to over 200 from the current 100 per month," Heo stressed. "I will devote myself to help others"
For his dedication to helping the needy and poor folks home and abroad Heo has been decorated with various awards and citations from social groups, local Koran government and international organizations.
Sports Doctors founded by its Chairman Heo in 2003 was registered in the United Nations as medical service NGO.
The South Korea's largest medical service social NOG boasts of well over 200,000 medical doctors as its members.
With the support of KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency), various hospitals and business corporations, Sports Doctors has been launching various active social and medical service programs in overseas countries including Nepal, Cambodia, Laos, and Swaziland as well as in the nation.
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