The birthdays of children are always excitement filled as they gleefully rip through carefully and brightly wrapped gift packages. This delight can carry far into our adulthood. But at some point, we care less about receiving gifts and take more joy in being with our loved ones. At least I do.
At this point in my life, the only gifts to me that I would welcome would be hand lotion or hot cocoa. Seriously–both are consumables, eminently practical, and do not require dusting. I would rather see the money spent in better ways than in a gift to me–that would require dusting. However, gifts of time spent shared together? They are priceless and much appreciated!
And the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage (right for The Crucible) has long expressed a similar perspective–he asks his fans to kindly not send him gifts. But if his fans are in a giving mood, he humbly asks them to please consider donating to charity. And Mr. Armitage’s Just Giving sites currently boasts a variety of charities that he supports, several charities having to do with the welfare of children, such as Childline that I tend to donate to via RA’s Just Giving site.
So this year for his 44th birthday, Richard Armitage [below] invites/challenges gift giving minded fans to consider making a donation to The Cybersmile Foundation link on his Just Giving site. He recently became and Ambassador for Cybersmile’s anti cyberbullying initiatives.
So I took up Mr. Armitage’s 44th birthday donation challenge and donated a modest $14.44 GBP. And remember if you’re in the US–as I am–be sure to check the exchange rate and which currency you are donating in.
But hey, Richard, we fans have to celebrate a little bit–with birthday wishes, and fan parties, too! Ha! And with lovely Birthday message wallpapers (such as by Ann Boudreau, right). These activities are part of the great fun of this fandom, the camaraderie and friendships that we enjoy with each other. Now that is a true gift–and it is born of our shared admiration for and appreciation of the gentlemanly Richard Armitage. Thank you, sir!
And I’m sure that there will be a plethora of Richard Armitage 44th (2015) birthday videos by fans that we will all enjoy–in addition to the lovely 44th birthday video that I shared earlier–as well as my post with a retrospective of past years’ RA bday fan made vids. So I will try to post those video links in the comments as I see them. But RA Fans with posts and creative content about Richard Armitage’s birthday are also invited to share their URL link in a comment below.
But in the mean time, below is a lovely new 2015 Richard Armitage 44th Birthday video by Patty Hale for us to enjoy–with my absolute favorite song. Cheers!
“Let us in the online world, cherish each other, care about each other.”
Well said Mr. Armitage! Thanks to Teresa A for sharing this Armitage Army @ Richard Armitage Central image capture!
And my sentiments to Richard Armitage every year on his birthday are:
I wish for you every happiness that you wish for yourself. Hugs & Cheers!