Posted: 09 March 2011 at 3:31am | IP Logged
February -- Heal the World/World Children's Congress youth
ambassador from Mexico presents model for creating a sustainable
environment to the U.N. Habitat II Prep Committee.
April -- Heal the World/World Children's Congress youth ambassadors attend Children First: A Global Forum,
in Atlanta, Georgia. The event, hosted by former U.S. President Jimmy
Carter, Rosalyn Carter, the Carter Center, and the Task Force for Child
Survival, and co-sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Annie E.
Casey Foundation, The World Bank, and Heal the World, brings together 360 representatives from 100 countries to discuss strategies to improve the quality of life for children.
April -- Heal the World/World Children's Congress youth ambassadors attend the Spectrum of Light Youth Conference in Washington, D.C. to form partnerships to emphasize the need for a sustainable society based on a healthy environment.
May -- Michael Jackson sends a floral tribute of white roses, carnations and lilies to the funeral of one of his British fans. The inscription reads, "May your courage be an inspiration to us all. Your spirit shines on. Love, Michael Jackson" Eleven-year-old Jaymee Bowen had lost her battle with leukemia.
Her favorite songs -- Farewell My Summer Love, Ben and Never Can Say
Goodbye -- were played at the funeral services. [Source: MJIFC]
June -- A donated trip to Neverland Ranch received the highest bid at a Cities in School celebrity auction. Los Angeles KIIS-FM and Cities in School organized the event, raising over $115,000 to benefit school children. A trip for four to Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch received the highest bid of $5,200. [Source: MJIFC]
September-- Michael Jackson visits a state orphanage in Bucharest, Romania prior to his concert before 70,000 in that city. After handing out toys, Michael said, "I
wish all the world was here to see this, instead of sending our
brothers to the killing fields. This is our future -- children. I love
you all so much." [Source: MJIFC]
October -- Jackson visits a hospital for mentally challenged
children in Kaoshiung, Taiwan. 2,000 free tickets to the sold out
performance in Kaoshiung are offered to children.
October-- Michael Jackson contributes almost 85 percent of earnings from the Indian leg of the HIStory World Tour to a Hindi charity organization, the Shiv Udyog Sena, and will help leaders to create jobs for 270,000 young people from the state of Maharashtra. [Source: MJIFC]
October-- Michael Jackson visits two hospitals, Ronald McDonald House and AMC, in Amsterdam distributing toys and gifts at each during his tour stop.
October -- Michael Jackson performs a benefit concert in Tunisia.
The concert benefited the National Solidarity Fund, a Tunisian charity dedicated to fighting poverty. [Source: MJIFC]
November -- During scheduled tour stops in Brisbane, Australia, Michael
Jackson visits the Prince of Wales Hospital which houses children
suffering from assorted ailments, including cancer, heart trouble,
asthma and tumors. He signs autographs and distributes toys to over 75 children, spending hours with the kids. [Source: Press Release by Burson-Marsteller]
November -- Michael Jackson visits a children's hospital in Sydney
prior to being publicly feted by Sony Music honoring his sales
(exceeding $75 million in Australia) at a reception held in his honor at
the Opera House. Again, reports state that he spends over two hours speaking to the children, signing autographs and distributing gifts to each child. Reports also surface that Michael
had committed a portion of his receipts from his nine Australian
performances to "The Smith Family", a charity dedicated to feeding the
needy. [Source: MJIFC field report from Swa, Shaz and Ian McKee]
November-- Michael Jackson grants American news magazine,
American Journal, permission to accompany him for two weeks on his tour
itinerary. Phenomenal footage narrated by Les Trent depicts Michael
Jackson's visit to "Starship," a children's hospital in Auckland, New
Zealand, following Jackson from room to room as he speaks to each child,
leaving each a toy and autographed photo or CD. In answer to
Trent's question regarding how the children's faces make him feel,
Jackson touches his chest, replying "It touches my heart." Jackson is
also shown backstage just moments prior to his sold out performance, comforting Emily Smith, a shy, 13-year-old cancer victim.
He welcomes her to the "shy club" while holding her in his arms and
ruffling her curly hair, then poses for photographs with Emily and her
family and rushes off to prepare himself for the show.
In Bangkok, Thailand, Michael Jackson is shown visiting an orphanage and a school for blind children. At the orphanage, he leaves a donation of $100,000 American dollars as well as distributing toys and gifts to children at both the orphanage and school for the blind.
An orphanage spokeswoman comments, "They don't know him as a pop star.
To them he is just a very nice man who came here to offer hope."
[Source: American Journal news footage]
November -- Bombay, India -- 85% of the $5 to $6 million
ticket receipts from one concert is slated to go to he Shiv Udyog Sena
to help create jobs for 270,000 young people in the state of
Maharashtra, of which Bombay is the capital. Upon arriving in Bombay, Jackson
asks his driver to stop the motorcade transporting him from the airport
to his hotel to allow him to spend 20 minutes talking with children
playing in the crowded slums he must pass en route. [Source: Indian journalist Hema Shukla]