Im Siwan joins global movement to book Airbnbs to help Ukraine

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – SEPTEMBER 06: Actor Im Si-Wan attends the OCN drama ‘Strangers from Hell’ photocall wrap party at Heukdonga in Seoul, South Korea on September 06, 2019. (Photo by The Chosunilbo JNS/Imazins via Getty Images)

Idol-turned-actor Im Siwan has joined the ranks of South Korean celebrities in their efforts to support the beleaguered citizens of Ukraine beleaguered by the Russian invasion.

On March 4, the former member of idol group ZE:A posted a photo on his Instagram showing that he had booked a month-long stay in a two-bedroom apartment in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

Siwan wrote on his reservation: “Hello, I just booked your hotel for a month, and of course I will not visit you, I hope you and the people of kyiv are safe.”

Additionally, the Run On actor donated 20 million won (about $16,000) to the Ukrainian Embassy in South Korea to help Ukrainians in need.

His kind gesture was appreciated by Ukrainian fans who thanked him for thinking about their well-being.

Siwan joins the likes of other celebrities like Dae Jang Geum actress Lee Young-ae and U-KISS idol group who also showed their support for war relief efforts by making direct donations of 100 million won and 10 million won respectively to the Ukrainian Embassy in South Korea.

Global donors help Ukrainians by booking Airbnbs

This ‘No Show’ trend of buy Airbnb accommodation in Ukraine with no intention of staying has been a popular and indirect way to donate to the war-torn country and support its beleaguered citizens.

Airbnb hosts across Ukraine were inundated with bookings from people around the world who had no intention of staying. On March 2 and 3 alone, 61,000 nights in Ukraine were booked by people from all over the world.

Hosts receiving this influx of donations intend to use the money to support their families and other citizens struggling against the ravages of war.

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