WATCH: IU and Park Bo Gum Participate in the 2023 Ice Bucket Challenge

South Korean stars IU and Park Bo Gum joined the 2023 Ice Bucket Challenge to mark the construction of South Korea’s first hospital for patients battling ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

According to the National Institutes of Health, ALS is a rare neurological disease that affects motor neurons, the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.

IU and Park Bo Gum

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On Instagram, they shared videos of themselves doing the newly relaunched challenge that started in 2014. The Ice Bucket Challenge is a campaign that aims to promote awareness of ALS in which the nominated participants pour a bucket of ice water on their heads while being filmed. Participants can nominate others to do the challenge or donate to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association.

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IU encouraged her followers to support the construction of the hospital and nominated actors Lee Do-hyun, Heo Jun-seok, and Lee Joo-young to do the challenge.


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Meanwhile, Bo Gum nominated actor Kwak Dong-yeon, girl group Oh My Girl’s Mimi, and boy group The Boyz. In the comments section, IU jokingly asked Bo Gum if wearing a hat was acceptable.


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The two were nominated by South Korean singer Sean, who relaunched the challenge.

Netizens and fans expressed their excitement about the interaction of the South Korean stars, as they are set to star in the upcoming drama Thank You for Your Hard Work.

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