When you have seen the things I’ve seen and traveled all over the world, you would not be honest to yourself and the world to be that way [self absorbed/hard hearted]. I just couldn’t see myself not being touched by the things I have seen, like that village in China, and the things I have seen in Africa and Russia and Germany and Israel. I remember this newborn baby fighting to live, newborn with all the things in the nose, in a hospital in Israel. How could your heart not go out to something like that? I said to everybody, the kids, everybody, “Come here kids. You have to see this,” because I think they understand the sensitivity of how children are important, helping others, reaching out to the world, to the underprivileged. Being materialistic and showing this sense of me-ism all the time is something I deplore. - Michael Jackson
This is so beautiful.
November 25 1996 - Michael completes his five day tour of Melbourne with a surprise visit to the Royal Children’s Hospital. He visited the sick children in the hospital, delivered toys to them, signed autographs and had photos taken with them. He made a special point to visit cancer patients and children with cystic fibrosis. A nurse commented later about Michael’s special gift, she witnessed a very ill little girl smile for the very first time when Michael visited her.
November 12 1987 - Michael visits a children’s hospital whilst in Australia.
August 6 1994 - Michael and Lisa visit two children’s hospitals in Budapest, where they distribute over 2,600 toys to the sick kids.
I just love the story behind this lovely photo. The girl in the photo is named Angela, and it was taken in 1987. This is her mother’s recounting of the day:
My daughter, Angela, was in hospital with head injuries after being hit by a car. One day we were told by the nurses that Michael Jackson was coming to visit. We had to keep it a secret, so the hospital wasn’t overwhelmed with fans. There was a big flurry, as his assistants handed out T-shirts and signed copies of his Bad album to everyone on the ward. Then he just walked around and talked to the patients. […] I said hello. He said he was pleased to meet me. I was gobsmacked. He was very gentle and seemed shy. I got the sense he had a deep love for children, especially those who’d been hurt.
Then he crouched down and said “Hello, Angela.” She couldn’t talk, because she’d just come out of a coma, but she started smiling. After that day, she started to get better. I think of him as an inspiration. We’d been having a terrible time – Angela was in hospital and I’d been ringing Lifeline to keep myself together, but he was a total inspiration for the whole ward. I thought, Thank God for sending him. He just had a presence about him – this great empathy with people who needed to get better. Now, Angela is 25, at university and full of life. There was another boy on the ward who was about 15 and was a huge fan. After Michael’s visit, he started getting better too. His mom thought it was a miracle. I believe many of the children got better after meeting him. I think people should know about this side of Michael. I’ve never believed he was anything but a good person.