Happy Birthday Bang Yongguk (방용국)/ItsBYGday! (≧◡≦)
31st March 2014: another year, another special day. One of my favourite days during my favourite month infact! For Yongguk’s birthday, I would usually roll up some cheese and paste it into some kind of song. Unfortunately due to time circumstances and lack of creative motivation, I wasn’t able to do the same this year (╥_╥). However, I really wanted to find another way to make his birthday special with a personal touch. As BABYs may already know, Yongguk has always expressed how important it is to look out for those around you, to care for those in need and to be aware of how we can change our ways of thinking and our actions in order to make the world a better place. Therefore, this year I have donated to a charity called ‘SPORTS RELIEF' in Yongguk's name and in his birthday package which I sent off a few weeks ago (see picture above), I have included - a letter of thanks addressed to him from the charity, a small information guide, stickers, balloons, a wristband, a birthday card and a handwritten letter from me.
I really want to give a huge, special thanks to the Sports Relief team for everything they did to make my birthday gift to Yongguk possible. They were so helpful, patient and lovely with my inquiries and I’m very proud of all of the hard work they continue to do each year for the UK and around the world!
This is what I wrote in my letter to my favourite person in the whole wide world:
'Earth needs more people like 방용국.’
I am writing to you to wish you well on your birthday!
When I entered my twenties, I started to view life in a different way. I wanted to become a better person and create my own happiness. It was around the actual same time when B.A.P came into my life, and that was instantly an improvement on myself and my smile. Through B.A.P, I became more aware of people around me; family, friends, even strangers. I try to do my best and help as much as I can and be thankful with what I have. I’m not in my dream job but with the money I earn from it, I give to my family or treat my friends when they are sad.
During my childhood and teenage years, school taught me the importance of charity and helping others. The schools I attended would fundraise for charities in the UK like ‘Comic Relief' and 'Children In Need’. I am very regretful that I had forgotten this lesson and act of kindness through my adult years but thanks to you Yongguk, I was able to remember.
March is a very important month to me. Not only is it the month of yours, my little sister’s and our birthdays, it is also the month where the UK holds a yearly charity event called ‘SPORTS RELIEF’. Throughout this month, lots of individuals whether by themselves or in groups took part in sports activities to raise money in their neighbourhoods. Through ‘SPORTS RELIEF’, their donations and fundraising goes to those in need around the United Kingdom and other countries such as Peru and Malawi.
With encouragement from B.A.P and fellow BABYs, I have made a donation on your birthday, in your name to ‘SPORTS RELIEF’.
You saved me Yongguk and I can only hope that from now on, I can do the same for others. To B.A.P, Earth needs EMOTION, JUSTICE, PASSION, LOVE, US (You) and HAPPINESS but personally to me, Earth needs more people like Bang Yongguk.
Thank you for everything and have a wonderful birthday!
Stay smiling Yonggrin, I love you! ♡
From Julia xo