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Michael Jackson: Worldwide Philanthropist



W
ords of wisdom from the Man in the Mirror himself @ this time 6 years ago…

Speech Michael Jackson Capitol Hill
March 29th, 2004

Michael: "It is a pleasure for me to be here today to see some of you
again, whom I’ve known for a long time, and to meet those of you whom I
have not had the pleasure of meeting. I respect what you have done, and are continuing to do, to raise the conscious level for those who have no voice.
You all wield great power, and have used it to help so many people as
well as causes. I appreciate the time you’ve taken from your busy
schedules to meet with me today. I thought it was appropriate to spend
a few minutes with you; those who have shared priorities on improving
the lives of people both here in America and abroad. I encourage you to continue working on issues such as AIDS, healthcare, education and unemployment.
I am in town this week because I am being honored by the African
Ambassadors’ Spouses Association. While I am humbled by this honor, it
is more important to me to help to raise awareness of what is going on
in our sister continent… Africa; and to work with the Spouses
Association to help them rid their countries of some of these problems.
For many years, I have traveled to Africa, and have made financial
contributions to try to help ameliorate some of the conditions there.
However, there are still 9,000 people a day dying of AIDS; there are
still children who are overflowing the orphanages; there are so few
schools that some children are not being educated; many are starving
and dying of diseases that we just take aspirin for; many of life’s
pleasures that we take advantage of… running water, electricity,
paved roads, working toilets, beds and food… are dreams for the
majority of our African family. I know that many of you have, and will,
continue to raise awareness, and will continue to fight for funding for
Africa. But, what I want you to know is that whatever I can do to
assist you in your fight, I will do so."


Speech Michael Jackson AASA Gala
April 1st, 2004

Statement from Michael at the African Ambasadors’ spouses
association’s gala, honoring him for his world-wide philanthropic work,
particular in Africa.

Michael: "To His Excellency Olhaye Oudine
Roble and Mrs. Roble, Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, thank you
for your attendance and support. I would like to thank Mrs. Zhor
Jazairy, wife of His Excellency Idriss Jaziary, of Algeria, President
of the African Ambassadors’ Spouses Association, and Mrs. Haoua Diatta,
Chairperson of the African Ambassadors’ Spouses Association’s Gala, and
the wife of His Excellency Joseph Diatta of Niger. Also, thank you
Ambassador and Mrs. Kassahun Aleye, our hosts for the evening, and
their dedicated staff. Your Embassy is splendid. And, I would like to
thank all of the wonderful spouses of the 51 African Nations, who
comprise the African Ambassadors’ Spouses Association. I am deeply
humbled and honored to be here tonight with you. The African
Ambassadors’ Spouses Association was founded 26 years ago, with the
mission to provide assistance to programs, benefiting underprivileged
children in the 51 participating countries. They have done so much, and
need all of our assistance in helping them to continue to make life
better for the people in their Countries. On June 4th, here in
Washington, D.C. … the Spouses Association will host their Gala,
where the proceeds will go to provide aid to crippled children. I will be supporting them in their effort 100%, and encourage you all to do so.
Over the last several days, I have been meeting with members of
Congress. Yesterday, several Ambassadors joined us in our discussion
concerning how we can all work together to combat the AIDS epidemic,
poverty and other major issues affecting our African family. It is very important to me to help to raise awareness, and funds, for our sister continent Africa. The
statistics are staggering; there are still 9,000 people dying a day of
AIDS; there are still children who are overflowing the orphanages;
there are so many who are starving and dying of diseases that we just
take aspirin for. As I have said all week, many of life’s pleasures
that we take advantage of: running water, electricity, paved roads,
working toilets, beds and food, are mere dreams for many in Africa.
This cannot continue. We must use whatever resources we have, to work
together to help combat all of these problems. Several members of
Congress have pledged their support in our efforts: by continuing to
raise the awareness of the American people; and, to continue their
fight for proper funding for programs affecting Africa. This is a good
thing and we must support them. Again, thank you, African Ambassadors’
Spouses Association, for what you are doing, I am humbled and honored
by this award. And, let me say, you have a friend in Michael Jackson."


In his lifetime, Michael Jackson gave $300-$500 Million to charities around the world and has supported more charities than any other celebrity (39) at last count.  In his will, he also left 20% of his estate earnings to charities.

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