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Heal The Kids
It’s a plan to initiate and coordinate international action to help parents rededicate their lives to their children and provide the children with the love and attention they need and deserve.
Major studies show that children who experience no tactility, no tenderness or hugging in their formative years, bear emotional scars that will not heal later in life. However, parents nowadays have often been replaced by television, computers, and home video games.
Lacking fulfillment of the basic emotional needs, children are increasingly lashing out at a world which, to them, seems callous and cynical, all in an ever-more frantic search for attention and love. As we grow more and more distracted and distant from our children, they grow more and more desperate and destructive – and will be more likely to be distracted and neglectful parents to their own children in the future.
Childhood has become a means to an end, just a stage one passes through on one’s way to adulthood. This must be reversed. A happy childhood must be an end in and of itself and we must insure that each child is brought up in a loving and supportive environment – this should be one of the main goals toward which society directs its energies and achieving this goal is the primary work of Heal The Kids.
The aim of Heal The Kids is to encourage adults to reprioritize children, trusting that, by bringing our children from the periphery of our attention to the center of our daily consciousness, we can imbue them with the love and devotion which they so badly need and break the cycle of neglect.
The main goals of Heal The Kids are…
- To develop a campaign that will help parents and adults around the world make their children their most important priority and stop the cycle of neglect.
- To help at-risk children receive more consideration and support from all sectors of society.
- To bring together some of the world’s leading statesmen, thinkers and artists to help advocate for the most effective interventions and informational resources available so as to raise awareness among the general public of the problems and (potential) solutions.
Heal The Kids plans to act as an ambassador to raise awareness of initiatives for children. It does not intend to replicate initiatives in progress but will work in concert with organizations that have programs underway while also developing new initiatives that will promote the better welfare of children. With celebrity spotlights, Heal The Kids hopes to bring more attention to children’s initiatives that may include such programs as:
National Family Volunteer Day (Points of Light Foundation)
Foster Grandparent Program (Save the Children)
Universal Children’s Day (the United Nations)
International Children’s Book Day (International Board on Books for Young People)
World Children’s Day
The celebration of World Children’s Day will be dedicated to the joy of spending quality time with children. Events marking this occasion would call for all kids and adults to share in locally planned activities throughout the world that emphasize spending time with children.
In the Heal The Kids Book Club, Michael Jackson will endorse a new book of the month for parents and children to read together. Children would then be invited to share their impressions of these books on a web site created specifically for that purpose. Through this program, they can interact not only with their parents, but they can also share their experiences with other children from around the world.
Annual events will be developed, such as a Heal The Kids Book Club Day, which will be held at national theme parks and other venues for parents and children who faithfully participate in the book club.
Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that highlight celebrity parents (and grandparents) who will stress the value they place on spending time with their children.
Partnerships with key hotel chains and phone companies to provide free phone calls for parents to call their children at home while they are away on business.
Encourage publishers to provide books at a discount for families participating in the Heal The Kids Book Club.
Partnership with an internet service provider (ISP) to provide discounts, contingent on participation in the Heal The Kids Book Club and other activities to be found on the Heal The Kids web site.
To direct children’s advocacy efforts to one location, a website will be developed that will provide a "tool kit" with key messages offering suggestions on how to spend quality time with kids. The site will also include a FAQ section, discussion boards, Heal The Kids Book Club updates, and a calendar of events among other features. The website will also serve as a locus point for coordinating advocacy programs, providing links to other initiatives in progress.
AIDS Project L.A.
611 South Kingsley Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90005
American Cancer Society
Email form: http://www.cancer.org/asp/contactUs/cus_global.asp
922 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Camp Ronald McDonald
A program of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California
1954 Cotner Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90025
15757 N. 78th Street Suite #B
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260
Fax: (480) 922-7061
Community Youth Sports & Arts Foundation
Website: Information not found
4828 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90043-1819
Phone: (323) 294-8320
875 Arwin St
Pasadena, CA 91103
http://www.wish.org/ National Office – America
www.worldwish.org International Office
www.make-a-wish.org.uk United Kingdom
3550 North Central Avenue, Suite 300
Phoenix, Arizona 85012-2127
(800) 722-WISH (9474)
Fax: (602) 279-0855
National Children’s Museum
955 L’Enfant Plaza North, SW Suite 5100
Washington DC, 20024
National Solidarity Fund
P.O. Box 34781
Washington, D.C., 20043
N.S.F. in TUNISIA
85 Avenue de la Liberté
1002 – Tunis
Phone (+216) 71 792 322
Operation Christmas Child
Rotary Club of Australia
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 USA
5757 Wilshire Blvd. Suite M100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Carter Center’s Atlanta Project
The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 420-5100 or (800) 550-3560
The Sickle Cell Research Foundation
212 ½ NW 20th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive
P.O. Box 10444
Fairfax, VA 22031-8044
Email form: http://www.uncf.org/contactus/index.asp
USA for Africa
Los Angeles, CA
Watts Summer Festival
944 W. 53rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037
161 Furey Avenue
Tiverton, RI 02878
YMCA of the USA
101 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
June — Donated 100,000 DM to Sophia Childrens’ Hospital in Rotterdam.
July — Donated L. 821,477,296 to La Partita del Cuore (The Heart Match) in Rome. Donated 120,000 DM to children’s charities in Estonia and Latvia.
September — Donated 1 million pesetas to charity headed by the Queen of Spain. Dedicated children’s playground at orphanage in Bucharest, Romania.
November — Forty-seven tons of winter relief supplies airlifted to the children of Sarajevo in association with AmeriCares, including medical items, blankets, winter clothing, and shoes.
December — Relief supplies airlifted to children in Bosnia in association with Operation Christmas Child, consisting of 30,000 "shoebox gifts" of toys, school items, photographs, and letters collected by U.K. schoolchildren.
January — A new U.S. Children’s Relief Initiative announced in Los Angeles: "Heal L.A.", in collaboration with Cities In Schools, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the BEST Foundation, Watts Health Foundation, and the Partnership for a Drug Free America, will help solve the problems facing inner-city youth by providing drug-abuse and AIDS prevention education, mentoring, and immunization campaigns in the wake of the 1992 unrest.
Donated $1.25 million dollars plus proceeds from Michael Jackson’s half-time performance at Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, CA (USA) to Heal L.A.
February — In association with Sega, launched an initiative to distribute more than $108,000 of computer games and equipment to children’s hospitals, children’s homes, and children’s charities throughout the U.K.
April — Unannounced visit made by Michael Jackson to three Heal L.A. project sites to participate in discussions with recipients and providers of the immunization, mentoring, and drug-abuse prevention programs.
May — With the assistance of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s Atlanta Project Immunization/Children’s Health Initiative, arranged for the immunization of 17,000 children in 5 days in Atlanta, GA (USA); support from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities, Gladys Knight, and TLC.
August — With Pepsi-Cola Thailand, donated $40,000 to Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s charity, the Rural School Children and Youth Development Fund, in support of school lunch programs in rural villages in Thailand.
In conjunction with Pepsi-Cola International, donated new ambulances to the Contacts One Independent Living Center for Children in Moscow, Russia and the Hospital de Ninos Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
October — Donated $100,000 to the Children’s Defense Fund, the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, the Atlanta Project, and the Boys and Girl Clubs of Newark, New Jersey.
December — With the Gorbachev Foundation, airlifted 60,000 doses of children’s vaccines to Tblisi, Georgia.
In association with Operation Christmas Child, gave to children in the former Yugoslavia over 100,000 "shoebox gifts" of toys, small gifts, and letters donated by children in the U.K.
January — In conjunction with Unihealth and the Los Angeles Immunization Coalition, provided vaccines to children made homeless by the Los Angeles earthquake; with Discovery Toys, donated hundreds of toys to the children in the immunization drive.
Provided $85,000 through Heal L.A. to earthquake relief efforts by non-profit organizations dedicated to aiding families with long-term recovery, including the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, Casa Rutilio Grande, Clinica Para Las Americas, Families in New Directions, Meeting Each Need With Dignity, Proyecto Esperanza, Pueblo Nuevo, and the Vaughn Street Family Center.
In association with General Electric, Lever Brothers, and Surf Wash, donated washers, dryers, and soap to 25 non-profit organizations to provide free laundry services to families affected by the quake.
Heal the World and Heal L.A. board member Edward James Olmos provided education about earthquake safety to quake victims in shelters.
With the Salvation Army, treated over 400 homeless children and parents to a day at Universal Studios.
Spring-Summer — Heal L.A. Immunization and Mentoring Initiatives supported by visits by Kriss Kross to the George C. Page Children’s Hospital Community Health Center and Raven-Symone and Bryton McClure to the Bancroft Middle School.
Summer — In conjunction with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Youth Services, the I Have A Dream Foundation, Best Buddies, Overcoming Obstacles, and California One to One, provides 2000 children with tickets to see Janet Jackson in concert, the " L.A. Laker Jam", and the Beach Boys.
August — In association with Toys ‘R Us and AmeriCares, distributed $20,000 worth of toys, food, and supplies to children’s hospital in Budapest, Hungary.
Fall — Heal L.A. funds implementation of the Los Angeles Team Mentoring Program in six Los Angeles Unified School District Middle Schools in the South Central Los Angeles and the Pico Union District, reaching over 1000 young people.
October — Launched the Community School/Safe Havens Initiative designed to provide Los Angeles communities with a safe environment in which students, families, and residents can pursue after-school academic and recreational activities such as instruction in computers, languages, mathematics, and sports.
February — Heal L.A. expanded curriculum offerings and program hours of the Community School/Safe Havens Initiative, which grew to include over 1200 families.
March — Paid for liver transplant for young Hungarian boy, Bela Farkas.
April — Sponsored 46 children from 17 nations to gather at Neverland for the World Congress of Children, a three-day seminar to discuss drug abuse, homelessness, increasing violence, AIDS, and child abuse.
June — Heal the World/World Children’s Congress youth ambassadors present the findings of the World Children’s Congress to the World Summit of Children during the United Nations’ 50th Anniversary celebration in San Francisco, CA, and meet with U.N. Secre tary Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and several U.N. ambassadors.
Summer — Heal the World/World Children’s Congress youth ambassador from Mexico accompanies Children’s Torch of Hope across the U.S., bringing the message of the World Children’s Congress to over 30 events sponsored by the Coalition for Children of the Ea rth and EC2000.
October — Brownstone and Tasha Scott perform at Horace Mann Middle School to launch new school year for Community School/Safe Havens Initiative.
Heal the World/World Children’s Congress youth ambassadors report to the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, Switzerland.
December — Heal the World/World Children’s Congress youth ambassadors address the dedication of the "Guardians of the Future" monument in Mexico City, co-sponsored by EC2000, Terra Christa Communications, UNICEF, the office of the mayor of Mexico City, and Coalition for Children of the Earth.
In association with the International Rescue Committee, shipped two pallets of toys to children in war-scarred Bosnia and Hercegovina.
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, Rosalynn Carter, the Carter Center, and the Task Force for Child Surv ival, 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.
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.
Heal The Kids, the latest initiative of the Heal The World Foundation in cooperation with the L’Chaim Society, is launched. It’s a plan to initiate and coordinate international action to help parents rededicate their lives to their children and provide the children with the love and attention they need and deserve.
April 9, 1984: David Smithee, a 14-year-old boy who suffers from cystic fibrosis is invited to Michael’s home. It was David’s last wish to meet Michael. He dies 7 weeks later.
April 14, 1984: Michael equips a 19-bed-unit at Mount Senai New York Medical Center. This center is part of the T.J. Martell-Foundation for leukemia and cancer research.
July 5, 1984: During the Jackson’s press conference at Tavern On The Green, Michael announces that his part of the earnings from the Victory Tour will be donated to three charitable organizations: The United Negro College Fund, Camp Good Times, and the T.J. Martell-Foundation.
July 14, 1984: After the first concert of the Victory Tour, Michael meets 8 terminally ill children backstage.
December 13, 1984: Michael visits the Brotman Memorial Hospital, where he had been treated when he was burned very badly during the producing of a Pepsi commercial. He donates all the money he receives from Pepsi, $1.5 million, to the Michael Jackson Burn Center for Children.
January 28, 1985: Michael and 44 other artists meet to record "We Are The World", written by Michael and Lionel Ritchie. The proceeds of this record are donated to the starving people in Africa.
1986: Michael set up the "Michael Jackson UNCF Endowed Scholarship Fund". This $1.5 million fund is aimed towards students majoring in performance art and communications, with money given each year to students attending a UNCF member college or university.
February 28, 1986: After having had a heart-transplant, 14-year-old Donna Ashlock from California gets a call from Michael Jackson. He had heard that she is a big fan of his. Michael invites her to his home as soon as she is feeling better. This visit takes place on March 8th. Donna stays for dinner and watches a movie together with Michael.
September 13, 1987: Michael supports a campaign against racism. He supports efforts of the NAACP, to fight prejudices against black artists.
October 1987: At the end of his Bad Tour, Michael donates some personal items to the UNESCO for a charitable auction. The proceeds will be for the education of children in developing countries.
February 1, 1988: The Song "Man In the Mirror" enters the charts. The proceeds from the sales of this record goes to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a camp for children who suffer from cancer.
March 1, 1988: At a press conference held by his sponsor Pepsi, Michael presents a $600,000 check to the United Negro College Fund.
April 1988: Free tickets are given away for three concerts in Atlanta, Georgia to the Make A Wish Foundation.
May 22, 1988: Michael visits children who suffer from cancer in the Bambini-Gesu Children’s Hospital in Rome. He signs autographs and gives away sweets and records to the little patients. He promises a check of 100,000 pounds to the hospital.
July 16, 1988: Before a concert at Wembley Stadium Michael meets the Prince of Wales and his wife Diana. He hands over a check of 150,000 pounds for the Prince’s Trust, and a check of 100,000 pounds for the children’s hospital at Great Ormond Street.
July 20, 1988: Michael visits terminally ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital. At a unit for less critical patients he stays a little bit longer and tells a story.
August 29, 1988: At his 30th birthday Michael performs a concert in Leeds, England for the English charity-organization "Give For Life". The goal of this organization is the immunization of children. Michael presents a check for 65,000 pounds.
December 1988: Michael visits 12-year-old David Rothenburg. His father had 5 years earlier burned him very badly in an act of revenge against his former wife.
January 1989: The proceeds of one of Michael’s shows in Los Angeles are donated to Childhelp USA, the biggest charity-organization against child-abuse. In appreciation of the contributions of Michael, Childhelp of Southern California is founding the "Michael Jackson International Institute for Research On Child Abuse".
January 10, 1989: The Bad Tour comes to an end. Under-privileged children are donated tickets for each concert and Michael donates money to hospitals, orphanages and charity-organizations.
February 7, 1989: Michael visits the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California. Some weeks earlier a 25-year-old man had fired at the school’s playground. 5 children had been killed and 39 had been wounded.
March 5, 1989: Michael invites 200 deprived children of the St. Vincent Institute for handicapped children and of the organization Big Brothers and Big Sisters to the Circus Vargas in Santa Barbara. After this event he invites them to his ranch to introduce his private zoo at his Neverland Ranch to them.
November 13, 1989: The organization "Wishes Granted" helps 4-year-old Darian Pagan, who suffers from leukemia to meet Michael. Michael invites the little boy to a performance of Canadian acrobats.
December 28, 1989: Young Ryan White, who suffers from hemophilia, spends his holidays on Michael’s ranch. Ryan had been infected with AIDS by contaminated blood transfusions in 1984. After he was excluded from his school in Kokomo, Ryan fought against the discrimination of AIDS victims.
January 6, 1990: Michael invites 82 abused and neglected children through Childhelp to his Neverland Ranch. There are games, a Barbeque and a movie show provided for them.
July 1990: 45 children from the Project Dream Street, Los Angeles, for children with life-threatening illness are invited to Neverland Valley.
August 18, 1990: Michael invites 130 children of the YMCA summer program of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara to his Neverland Ranch.
May 6, 1991: Michael is invited to the Jane Goodall Charity event. Michael supports her, an advocate of behavioral research concerning chimpanzees in Gombe, Nigeria for more than 30 years.
July 26, 1991: Michael pays a visit to the Youth Sports & Art Foundation in Los Angeles. This Foundation supports families of gang members, and helps dealing with drug-abuse. Michael talks to the kids and presents them with a wide-screen TV set and a financial gift.
December 1991: Michael’s office MJJ Productions treats needy families in Los Angeles with more than 200 turkey dinners.
February 1992: Within 11 days Michael covers 30,000 miles in Africa, to visit hospitals, orphanages, schools, churches, and institutions for mentally handicapped children.
February 3, 1992: At a press conference at the New York Radio City Music Hall, Michael announces that he is planning a new world tour, to raise funds for his new "Heal The World" Foundation. This Foundation will support the fight against AIDS, Juvenile Diabetes and will support the Camp Ronald McDonald and the Make A Wish Foundation.
May 6, 1992: Michael defrays the funeral-expenses for Ramon Sanchez, who was killed during the Los Angeles riots.
June 23, 1992: At a press conference in London, Michael makes an announcement about his Heal The World Foundation.
June 26, 1992: Michael presents the Mayor of Munich, Mr. Kronawitter, with a 40,000 DM-check for the needy people of the city.
June 29, 1992: Michael visits the Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam and presents a check for 100,000 pounds.
July 1992: Michael donated L. 821,477,296 to La Partita del Cuore (The Heart Match) in Rome and donated 120,000 DM to children’s charities in Estonia and Latvia.
July 25, 1992: On the occasion of a concert in Dublin, Ireland, Michael announces that he will give 400,000 pounds of the tour earnings to various charities.
July 29, 1992: Michael visits the Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital in London. To the surprise the children, he brings Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse from Euro-Disney to the hospital.
July 31, 1992: On the Eve of his second concert at Wembley Stadium, Michael presents Prince Charles with a check of 200,000 pounds for the Prince’s Trust.
August 16, 1992: 6 year old Nicholas Killen, who lost his eyesight caused by a life aiding cancer surgery, meets Michael backstage in Leeds, England.
September 1992: Michael donated 1 million pesetas to charity headed by the Queen of Spain.
September 30, 1992: President Iliescu of Romania inaugurates a playground for 500 orphans which Michael has financed. Michael discusses his Heal The World Foundation.
October 1, 1992: Michael chooses a concert in Bucharest, Romania for worldwide television broadcast. Bucharest is a logical choice due to the numerous orphanages the country is known for.
November 24, 1992: At Kennedy Airport in New York, Michael supervises the loading of 43 tons of medication, blankets, and winter clothes destined for Sarajevo. The Heal The World Foundation collaborates with AmeriCares to bring resources totaling $2.1 million to Sarajevo. They will be allocated under the supervision of the United Nations.
December 10, 1992: During a press conference at the American Ambassy in Tokyo Michael is presented with a check for $100,000 for the Heal The World Foundation by Tour Sponsor Pepsi.
December 26, 1992: During a broadcast request for donations to the United Negro College Fund, Michael declares: "Black Colleges and Universities are breeding some of the leading personalities of our time. They are on top in business, justice, science and technologies, politics and religion. I am proud, that the Michael Jackson Scholarship Program enabled more than 200 young men and women to get a qualified education."
January 19, 1993: Michael is one of the stars to perform at the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton. Before he sings "Gone Too Soon" he draws the attention to the plights of the victims of AIDS and mentions his friend Ryan White.
January 26, 1993: At a press conference held at Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles, Michael is presented with a $200,000 donation from the National Football League and the Sponsors of the Super Bowl. He gets another $500,000 from the BEST Foundation for his Heal The World Foundation. At this occasion the foundation of "Heal L.A." is officially announced.
February 1993: In association with Sega, launched an initiative to distribute more than $108,000 of computer games and equipment to children’s hospitals, children’s homes, and children’s charities throughout the U.K.
March 1993: The foundation of an independent film company is announced. They will produce family-oriented movies. A part of the earnings will go to the Heal The World Foundation.
March 27, 1993: At a meeting at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, Michael gives a 5-minute speech to 1200 teachers and politicians.
April 26, 1993: Within his "Heal LA" tour, Michael visits the Watta Health Foundation, and two schools in Los Angeles South Central.
May 5, 1993: Former President Jimmy Carter and Michael, who are chairmen of the "Heal Our Children/Heal The World" initiative, are in Atlanta to promote their "Atlanta Project Immunization Drive".
June 1993: Michael has announced that he will donate $1.25 million for children who have suffered from the riots in Los Angeles.
June 1993: 100 children from the Challengers Boys and Girls Club visit Neverland.
June 10, 1993: Michael promotes the new DARE-program. The purpose of the program is to inform children about the dangers of drug abuse.
June 18, 1993: Michael pays a visit to a hospital in Washington. He spends several hours with the young patients and plays chess with some of them.
August 1993: With Pepsi-Cola Thailand, donated $40,000 to Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s charity, the Rural School Children and Youth Development Fund, in support of school lunch programs in rural villages in Thailand.
August 1993: In conjunction with Pepsi-Cola International, donated new ambulances to the Contacts One Independent Living Center for Children in Moscow, Russia and the Hospital de Ninos Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
October 1993: Donated $100,000 to the Children’s Defense Fund, the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, the Atlanta Project, and the Boys and Girl Clubs of Newark, New Jersey.
October 22, 1993: Michael visits a hospital in Santiago.
October 28, 1993: Michael makes it possible for 5000 underprivileged children to visit the Reino Aventura Park, where the whale Keiko ("Free Willy") is living.
November 5, 1993: Michael is guest at a children’s party at the Hard Rock Cafe in Mexico City.
December 1993: With the Gorbachev Foundation, airlifted 60,000 doses of children’s vaccines to Tblisi, Georgia.
December 16, 1993: The Heal The World Foundation UK supports "Operation Christmas Child" delivering toys, sweets, gifts and food to children in former Yugoslavia.
1994: Michael donates $500,000 to Elizabeth Taylor’s AIDS Foundation.
January 7, 1994: On the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Michael gives a party for more than 100 underprivileged children at his Neverland Ranch.
February 22, 1994: "The Jackson Family Honors" is televised. The earnings of the show are given to their own newly formed charity, "Family Caring for Families".
August 6, 1994: Michael and his wife Lisa Marie are visiting two children’s hospitals in Budapest. They distribute toys to the ill children.
1995: Michael wants to free dolphins who have been locked up for years. He believes there should be legal guidelines about the way dolphins have to live in zoos and parks.
March 1995: Little Bela Farkas received a new liver. Michael and Lisa Marie met this 4-year-old boy during their trip to Hungary in 1994. Michael did everything to help Bela, whose only chance to live was getting a new liver. The Heal The World Foundation covered the surgery and the cost for caring.
June 21, 1996: Michael donated a four-times platinum disc of "HIStory" in aid of the Dunblane appeal at the Royal Oak Hotel, Sevenoaks in England.
July 18, 1996: In Soweto, South Africa Michael is laying down a wreath of flowers for youngsters who have been killed during the fights involving Apartheid.
September 1996: The first Sports Festival "Hope" was held for orphans and disadvantaged children. 3000 children and 600 volunteers took part in the Sports Festival and Michael Jackson was a special guest.
September 6, 1996: Michael visits the children’s unit of a hospital in Prague.
October 1996: Michael visited a hospital for mentally challenged children in Kaoshiung, Taiwan and offered 2,000 free tickets to the sold out performance in Kaoshiung.
October 1, 1996: Michael donated the proceeds of his Tunisia concert to "The National Solidarity Fund", a charity dedicated to fighting poverty.
October 3, 1996: Michael visits a children’s hospital and brings small gifts for the patients during a HIStory tour visit in Amsterdam. A room in the hospital (for parents who want to be with their children) is named after Michael.
November 1, 1996: Michael donates most of the earnings from a HIStory concert in Bombay, India to the poor people of the country.
November 7, 1996: Before his first concert in Auckland, New Zealand, Michael fulfills the wish of little Emely Smith, who is suffering from cancer, who wants to meet Michael.
November 25, 1996: Michael visited the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, delivering toys, signing autographs, and visiting with children.
December 9, 1996: During a HIStory tour visit in Manila, Michael visits a children’s hospital. He announces that a part of his concert earnings will be donated to the renovation of the hospital.
January 25, 1997: Michael waved his personal fee for his Bombay appearance and donated $1.1 million to a local charity helping to educate children living in slums.
April 4, 1997: British magazine "OK!" is publishing exclusive photos of Michael’s son Prince. The magazine pays about 1 million pounds for the photos. Michael donates the money to charity.
June 18, 1997: Michael signed the "Children in Need" book auctioned by the charity UNESCO.
September 1998: Michael meets 5 year old Aza Woods, who suffers from cancer, at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. Michael introduces Aza to the attraction "Star Trek: The Experience" and spends the rest of the afternoon with the little boy. Finally Michael invites Aza to spend some time with him at his Neverland Ranch.
November 16, 1998: Michael arrives in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is a member of the American Delegation invited by the Minister of Defense. The delegation thanks the government of Zimbabwe for helping to keep the peace in this area.
September 4, 1999: Michael presented Nelson Mandela with a check for 1,000,000 South African rand for the "Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund."
January 22, 2000: During Christmas last year a violent storm ravaged the park of the Chateau de Versailles and destroyed 10,000 trees in the park. The estimated cost for rebuilding the park is around $20 million. Some celebrities are supporting the restoration of the park. French officials are reporting that Michael Jackson is one of them. He was one of the first people to donate money to this cause.
October 28, 2000:Michael painted a plate to be auctioned for the "Carousel of Hope Ball" benefiting childhood diabetes research.
March 6, 2001: Michael donated a black hat, a birthday phone-call and a jacket worn at the Monaco Music Awards in 2000 to the Movie Action for Children auction, an event being given by UNICEF with all proceeds will going to UNICEF’s efforts to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission in Africa.
March 26, 2001: Michael handed out books to young people at a Newark, NJ theater. The event, which helped to launch the Michael Jackson International Book Club, part of his new Heal the Kids charity, aims to promote childhood reading and encourage parents to return to reading bedtime stories.
September 15, 2002: Michael donated 16 exclusively autographed items consisting of CD’s, videos and 2 cotton napkins to aid in the support of the victims of a severe flood in Germany. These items were auctioned off for charity and managed to raise 3935 Euro (US$ 3,814).
October 12, 2002: Michael Jackson invited more than 200 Team Vandenberg members, who recently returned from overseas deployments, and their families to his Neverland Ranch. This was to show his appreciation for the sacrifices the military in his community make.
November 19-29, 2002: Michael donated an autographed teddy bear dressed in his likeness to Siegfried & Roy’s celebrity teddy bear auction. This auction benefits Opportunity Village which is a non-profit organization based in Las Vegas (USA) that enhances the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. Michael’s autographed teddy bear raised $5,000 for the charity.
November 21, 2002: Michael donated a jacket to the The Bambi Charity Event in Berlin which raised $16,000.
April 25, 2002: Michael Jackson performed at a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at the Apollo Theater in Harlem helping to raise nearly $3 million dollars towards voter registration.
June 2003: The Wolf family, who experienced serious damages to their belongings during the flood in Saxony, Germany last August, was invited to Berlin by Michael Jackson when he was at the Bambi Awards. On that occasion Michael invited them to Neverland. In June, they spent three days at Neverland, meeting Michael and his children.
May 14, 1984: At a ceremony in the White House President Reagan presents Michael an award for special efforts; he is honored for his participation in a national ad campaign against drunk driving.
January 1989: The "Say Yes To A Youngsters Future" program honors Michael in recognition of his efforts to encourage children to natural sciences and award him with the "National Urban Coalition Artist/Humanitarian Of The Year Award".
March 1989: At the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, Michael receives the Black Radio Special Award for his humanitarian efforts.
September 22, 1989: The Capital Children’s Museum awards Michael with the Best Of Washington 1989 Humanitarian Award in recognition of his efforts to raise money for the museum, and for his never-ending support of children.
February 3, 1990: From Japan Michael receives a Role Model Award.
April 5, 1990: During a ceremony, where Michael is awarded as "Entertainer Of The Decade", Michael meets President George Bush, who honors him with the "Point Of Light" award. Michael receives this award for his philanthropic activities. President Bush explains Michael’s humanitarian commitments to the press.
September 14, 1990: The Council of the American Scouts honors Michael with the first "Good Scout Humanitarian Award". Michael receives this award for his humanitarian activities by supporting the Make A Wish Foundation, the Prince’s Trust, the United Negro College Fund and Childhelp USA.
October 23, 1990: Michael Jackson and Elton John will be the first recipients of the award in memory of Ryan White, which will be handed over in 1991.
May 1, 1992: President George Bush presents Michael with the "Point of Light" award for his continuing support of deprived children. During his stay, Michael visits little Raynal Pope, who had been injured very badly by dogs.
June 3, 1992: The organization "One To One", who is caring for better living conditions of young people, honors Michael with an award for his commitment to deprived youngsters.
July 1993: The American Friends of Hebrew University honors Michael with the Scopus Award 1993.
August 1993: The Jack The Rapper Awards are presented and Michael is honored with the "Our Children, Our Hope Of Tomorrow" award.
November 17, 1993: Michael rejects the Scopus Award. He was nominated for this award, which was planned to be given him on January 29th, 1994.
April 12, 1994: On occasion of the 2nd Children’s Choice Award ceremony at Cit Center in New York, Michael is presented with the "Caring For Kids" award. This award is to honor celebrities, who take time for young people. 100,000 children and young people from 8 to 18 years old gave Michael their vote of confidence. The Children’s Choice Awards are sponsored by Body Sculpt, a charity organization, that offers drug-prevention programs for young people.
November 2, 1995: Michael receives the award "Diamont of Africa".
March, 30, 1996: The Ark Trust-Foundation, who wants to draw the attention of the public eye on animal’s problems, presents the 10th Genesis Award. Michael is presented with the 1995 Doris Day Award. He gets this award for the "Earth Song" video, which draws attention to the plight of the animals.
May 1, 1999: At the Bollywood awards in New York, Michael is presented with an award for his humanitarian activities. The award is signed: "Though he comes from the young American tradition, Michael is the embodiment of an old indian soul. His actions are an expression of the philosophy of Weda, which asked to work for the people – not for one’s own interests."
April 1, 2004: At the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, D.C., Michael was presented with a humanitarian award by the African Ambassadors’ Spouses Association in honor of his work fighting AIDS in Africa.
The Millennium-Issue of the "Guinness Book Of Records" names Michael as the Pop Star who supports the most charity organizations. The following projects are supported by Michael Jackson:
AIDS Project L.A.
American Cancer Society
Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles
Brothman Burn Center
Camp Ronald McDonald
Children’s Institute International
Cities and Schools Scholarship Fund
Community Youth Sports & Arts Foundation
Congressional Black Caucus
Dreams Come True Charity
Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation
Heal The World Foundation
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
Make A Wish Foundation
Minority Aids Project
National Rainbow Coalition
Rotary Club of Australia
Society of Singers
The Carter Center’s Atlanta Project
The Sickle Cell Research Foundation
United Negro College Fund
United Negro College Fund Ladder’s of Hope
Volunteers of America
Watts Summer Festival
YMCA – 28th Street/Crenshaw
Michael hits the Top 10 with the single "Rock With You"
Michael wins 3 American Music Awards: Favorite Soul/R&B Album (Off The Wall), Favorite Male Soul/R&B Artist, & Favorite Soul/R&B Single ("Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough").
Michael wins 2 Billboard Awards: Top Black Artist and Top Black Album
February 14, 1980
"Rock With You" is certified Gold.
February 27, 1980
Michael wins a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male ("Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough").
Michael wins American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album (Off The Wall).
October 16, 1982
Michael writes and produces a single for Diana Ross called "Muscles."
November 9, 1982
A storybook album for ‘E.T.: The Extraterrestrial’ is released. The album contains narration and a new song from Michael. Michael later receives a Grammy for this album.
Michael releases Thriller, which contains a record 7 Top 10 hits, including the #1 hits "Billie Jean," "Beat It," and "Thriller." The album spends 37 weeks at #1 and remains on the Billboard album chart for 122 weeks. It is eventually certified 26x Platinum in the United States.
January 31, 1983
Thriller is certified Platinum.
February 21, 1983
Thriller reaches #1 for the first of 37 weeks.
March 5, 1983
"Billie Jean" reaches #1 on the singles charts for the first of 7 weeks.
March 25, 1983
Michael performs the moonwalk for a live audience for the first time. It is on the taping of the television special "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today and Forever." The show airs on television on May 16, 1983.
March 31, 1983
Michael’s "Beat It" short film premieres on MTV.
April 4, 1983
"Billie Jean" is certified Gold.
May 9, 1983
"Beat It" is certified Gold.
May 16, 1983
The television special "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today and Forever," in which Michael performs the moonwalk for the first time, airs on television.
Michael hit the Top 40 with "Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’."
December 2, 1983
The almost-14-minute-long "Thriller" short film is debuted on MTV.
"Making Michael Jackson’s Thriller" – a long form video – is released and becomes the best-selling music home video ever.
Michael receives 8 American Music Awards: Favorite Male Artist (Pop/Rock), Favorite Male Artist (Soul/R&B), Favorite Pop/Rock Single ("Billie Jean"), Favorite Pop/Rock Album (Thriller), Favorite Pop/Rock Video ("Beat It"), Favorite Soul/R&B Album (Thriller), Favorite Soul/R&B Video ("Beat It"), plus the Special Award of Merit.
February 27, 1984
MTV world premieres Michael’s Pepsi commercial.
Michael is nominated for 12 Grammy Awards and wins 8 of them: Record of the Year & Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male ("Beat It"); Album of the Year & Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male (Thriller); Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male & Best Rhythm & Blues Song (songwriter) ("Billie Jean"); Best Recording for Children (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial) & Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) (with Quincy Jones).
Jackson hit #1 with "Thriller."
July 6, 1984
For five months, beginning July 6, 1984, the Jacksons toured America and Canada with the Victory Tour.
Michael wins three MTV Video Music Awards: Best Overall Video, Viewer’s Choice Award, and Best Choreography for "Thriller."
October 30, 1984
Thriller is certified 20x Platinum
January 28, 1985
"We Are The World" is recorded in one night – the night of the American Music Awards. The song was written by Michael and Lionel Richie. Quincy Jones produced the single. The performers on the single include Michael, Stevie Wonder, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, and many others.
Michael wins a Grammy Award for Best Video, Long Form ("Making Michael Jackson’s Thriller").
June 24, 1985
Off The Wall is certified 5x Platinum.
Michael wins the Grammy Award for Song of the Year (songwriter) ("We Are The World" with Lionel Richie).
August 8, 1987
“I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” a duet with Siedah Garret, is released in advance of the forthcoming album Bad. This single becomes the seventh #1 single of Michael’s solo career.
August 28, 1987
Michael releases Bad. It tops the charts for eight weeks and spawns seven hit singles.
September 12, 1987
Michael launches his Bad Tour on which he spends over a year visiting 15 countries.
September 28, 1987
"I Just Can’t Stop Loving You" is certified Gold and hits #1 for 2 weeks.
Michael hits #1 for 2 weeks with "Bad."
November 9, 1987
Bad is certified 3x Platinum
December 31, 1987
Bad is certified 4x Platinum
Michael releases his autobiography, Moonwalk.
Michael receives an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single ("Bad").
Michael wins 3 Billboard Music Awards.
March 21, 1988
Bad is certified 5x Platinum.
June 1, 1988
Bad is certified 6x Platinum and Off The Wall is certified 6x Platinum.
Michael is honored at the MTV Video Music Awards with the MTV Vanguard Award.
Michael is honored with the Award of Achievement at the American Music Awards.
January 10, 1989
The "Moonwalker" long-form video is released.
February 14, 1989
"Billie Jean," "Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough," "Rock With You," and "Beat It" are certified Platinum and "Off The Wall" and "She’s Out Of My Life" are certified Gold.
April 17, 1989
The "Moonwalker" long-form video is certified 8x Platinum.
December 4, 1989
The single "Thriller" is certified Platinum.
The album "Thriller" is certified 29x Platinum.