IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano visited the Republic of Korea on 19 April and attended the "Freedom Against Cancer" concert organized by the Korea Nuclear International Cooperation Foundation (KONICOF). KONICOF is a partner organization of the IAEA´s Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) and raised over $50.000 to date from Korean citizens to support PACT´s Model Demonstration Sites. The concert helped to raise awareness of the need to increase resources for people diagnosed with cancer in developing countries.
At the concert, the Director General expressed gratitude for Korea´s effort to reach out to its citizens and include them in the global fight against cancer. Director General Amano said that, "the IAEA is working to improve outcomes for cancer patients in the developing world and this concert is very meaningful in helping to lift patients´ spirits and make more people aware of IAEA´s PACT activities." He also thanked the Korean organizations involved in organizing the concert on behalf of IAEA, for voluntarily holding the event to raise funds and awareness of IAEA´s PACT programme.
During the concert, four institutions, including the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS), St. Mary´s Hospital, Sanofi-Aventis Korea and Satrec-i announced a special donation to KONICOF´s fund for PACT, which will be made during the IAEA´s General Conference in September 2010. KINS makes an annual matching grant donation to KONICOF in the same amount of the voluntary donations made by its employees. Satrec-i donates a percentage of sales made in its nuclear technology department every year, and Sanofi-Aventis supports the domestic publicity activities of KONICOF and PACT in Korea.
The Republic of Korea is one of PACT´s most enthusiastic and innovative supporters. In July 2007, KONICOF launched a nation-wide campaign aimed at raising public donations for PACT´s activities and it has expanded on this effort over the past three years. KONICOF has been holding the "Freedom Against Cancer" concert since 2009 on a regular basis at major hospitals in Korea. Several celebrities and musicians perform at the concert and KONICOF organizes fundraising and publicity activities for PACT during the concert. KONICOF plans to hold concerts about 10 times throughout the year.