The Korean Festival is one of the most anticipated events on Guam. But the pandemic halted the festival this year. Despite COVID-19, organizers found a silver lining by giving back to the community.
The Korean Association of Guam organizes the annual event, which draws in hundreds of people who love Korean cuisine and culture.
With the cancellation of the event, the association met and eventually decided to put together a drive to collect masks and sanitizers, which they plan to distribute tomorrow to the community.
The association says the drive efforts have been successful so far because of the support of community partners such as NCS Mart, New Besta Mart, New Macheche Mart, New MW Corporation, Jae Hoon Wholesale, KWM industries, and members of the Guam Gadao Lions Club.
IT&E also donated $2,500 to their efforts. They say two other donors wish to remain anonymous.
Woo Cho, the director of the Korean Association of Guam, spoke with PNC this week. He said that after discussing with the board and community members, it was decided to postpone the festival and instead respond to an obvious community need — face masks.
“To give back in ways to fight COVID-19, thus the mask, and hand sanitizers,” Cho said.
Cho added that they hope the coronavirus would be over soon so they can host their Korean Festival in the future.
The drive-thru distribution is set to take place at 9 am, Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the Ypao Beach Park’s Main Pavillion.
10 KF94 Masks and 500 ML hand sanitizer bottles will be distributed per vehicle while supplies last.