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It’s kimchi time for Korea’s needy

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 00:59

Nov. 15 - Over 2,000 people gather in Seoul to make 140 tonnes of a spicy and salty fermented cabbage dish to help feed the poor in winter. Tara Cleary reports.

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It's messy to make, but provides vital nutrition. More than 2,000 volunteers gather in Seoul for the annual kimchi-making charity event. A peppery red paste comprising garlic, ginger and fish sauce is rubbed all over salted cabbages and the resulting 140 tonnes feed the poor and the elderly . Some volunteers even bring their children along. SOUNDBITE: Yoo Seung-Hwan, participant, saying (Korean): "I think it's very meaningful that I was able to join this kimchi-making event with my family. It's a great chance for my children to learn about life." SOUNDBITE: Park Min-Hyuk, participant, saying (Korean): "We're so proud of doing this. We seldom have a chance to serve others. This event gave us a chance to help those senior citizens living alone." But it wasn't just all work and no play. At the end of the day, 25,000 families will benefit from the joint effort.

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It’s kimchi time for Korea’s needy

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 00:59