If you’re not sure what to do on the weekends, on Saturday, September 14th, Jeju Furey and Arirang Radio’s Wonders of Jeju will be providing Jeju citizens with a full day of fun and entertainment.
First, the Jeju Furey Swing Beach volleyball tournament will be taking place at Hamdeok Beach from 8:30 a.m. Jeju Furey is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives of the less fortunate living in Jeju. The Swing tournament is actually raising funds for a permanent volleyball court installation at Hamdeok, which will help the sport and Jeju Furey grow to better help the community. Team sign-ups are happening right now, and space is filling up fast, so register quickly! You can register your team here.
After the Swing beach volleyball tournament, the Wonders of Jeju Open Studio concert is being held at the Jeju National Museum at 7pm, as an additional fundraising event for Jeju Furey. For people who want to hear something different from the usual K-pop, the Wonders of Jeju team organized a K-Rock event with rising alternative rock group Broken Valentine performing. Other performers featured will be ballad vocalist Kim Bo Kyung and legendary K-Rock band Love and Peace. The event will be filled with lots of prizes and giveaways to celebrate the upcoming Chuseok Holidays. While the Open studio will be mostly in English, Korean translation will be provided for a portion of the broadcast. The event is free of charge with a voluntary donation accepted for Jeju Furey. For more information about the Wonders of Jeju open studio, please visit here.
The proceeds of 'Jeju Furey Swing BVB 4' will go to help pay for the costs of building a permanent court at Hamdeok Beach. Although an indirect benefit to the charity, it is nonetheless critical to the organization. Jeju Furey holds 3 charity beach volleyball tournaments annually all three of which are the biggest 6v6 tournaments in the country, and two of which are Jeju Furey's greatest source of revenue and the May tournament is the single biggest event in the expatriate calendar.
Unfortunately, Jeju Island lost its only two permanent courts in May 2013 located at Iho Beach. Without permanent beach volleyball courts on the island, the sport - and therefore the tournaments as well - will have a more difficulty growing. The demand for bvb courts was so high this spring and summer that an independent group made up of bvb enthusiasts on Jeju held their own fundraising tournament in an effort to replace at least one permanent court at Iho Beach. They are roughly halfway towards their goal.
For the Jeju Furey website click here and to learn more about Jeju Furey and its foundation click here.