▲ Playing at the tournament by the expats and cleaning up the beach by teenager volunteers from The Jeju Weekly. Photo by Kim Jinmi
“The scenery of Hamdoek Beach is very beautiful. This festival is well organized; also, it is good to meet people. Although, I joined this festival the first time, it was good experience to me. I want to recommend to many other people” the participant of the Jeju Furey Beach Volleyball festival Brenna McNamara(25∙Female∙US) said.
On May 26, 2013, the 9th Jeju Furey Beach Volleyball festival was held at Hamduk Seoubong Beach located in Hamduk-ri, Jeju city. The festival went off during two days, May 25 to May 26. Almost 160 expats participated this festival including 40 Koreans.
The Jeju Furey is a charity found by Daniel Nabben(33, Male). He organized the association for dead friend, Nathan Furey’s bereaved family. Daniel set up Jeju Furey to arrange the costs of university for his friend’s two kids, and the first Beach Volleyball festival was held on 2009. He could provide tuitions for two kids from the festival profits.
At this festival, here’s how it works. Six people become a team, and a per-capita entry fee is 40000 won in Korean money. The festival is held on May and October in every year. A lot of expats have participated so far. And recently, it is popular with Koreans.
“We have 4 types of level of difficulty, A to D. An A is the highest and a D is the lowest level. Even if the person who is the first time to play, they could enjoy easily and regardless of age or gender can take part in a game.” the chairman of the Jeju Furey, Daniel Nabben said.
Seo Jeong-ho (29∙Male) is one of very few Korean participants. “I am from Gyeongsang Provinces, Korea. I knew about Jeju Furey through my acquaintance and I began to participate. “ Seo said.
Every year, Jeju Furey helps the poor with the profits which earned through beach volleyball, beach Frisbee (the discus throwing), bowling, badminton and other sports festival involve T-shirts sales, boat Christmas Party. The Jeju Furey has been saving money for four years. In so doing, the gross proceeds became approximately \ 50,000,000 in Korean won. As an intention of the festival’s plan, they donated all the proceeds to good use.
The next beach volleyball game will be held on October second weekend, 2013. If you want to get more information about the Jeju Furey, please visit this website, http://jejufurey.weebly.com/
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