This post is all about Choi Sung Bong, the 22-year old orphan from Korea who clinched 2nd place in “Korea’s Got Talent”. He has lived a terrible childhood, having left the orphanage at 5 years old after being beaten. Survived by selling gums and energy drinks. Slept in hallways and public toilets. Was bundled away some time later by local gangs into the mountains and nearly buried alive.
Then one night, he chanced upon a singer who according to Sung Bong – sang with sincerity. That changed his life and he wanted to pursue a singing career. His passion for singing brought him to a kind teacher, Mr Jung So Park who gave him once a month singing lessons for free. In return, Sung Bong helped out with the household chores.
His first audition touched the hearts of the audience and judges on “Korea’s Got Talent”, and nearly 11,600,000 viewers on youtube. He was clearly slated to win but alas – he managed to secure only the 1st runner up. All expenses to the competition was borne by him and after the contest, he was left with a mere US 40 cents, Tinnitus (a ringing in the ear disorder caused by an earlier accident).
That got us to embark on a Facebook Campaign –> /www.facebook.com/groups/nellafantasia/ to help him out.
This is a brand new group page.
We were parked in an earlier Facebook Fan Page. Somehow, our postings went missing and spammers, seeing the popularity of that page started coming in.
I felt I had to help in the way I could – through my writing and video editing skills. You can see some of them on the Facebook fan page.
I was pleasantly surprised that Sung Bong took the time to write me a personal thank you note. Was I happy to receive it!
Getting a personal note from such a humble person like Sung Bong was wonderful! Thank you, Sung Bong – for knowing that you have me and many, many others around the world to support you. We want you to get better, come out with a CD and you’ll never have to walk alone again!
Sung Bong has a PayPal account which you can help contribute towards his needs. Please help ensure that he never has to go back to selling gums. The account is:
Below are some photos Sung Bong taken with his mentor and teacher, Mr Jung So Park. He was about 14.
By the way, the PayPal promotion works. Check out our Facebook page to hee Sung Bong’s letters and appreciation — /www.facebook.com/groups/nellafantasia/. Here’s the proof: