MLJ Needs You! October Back-To-School Challenge!

Source: Michael Jackson Legacy | All Things Michael


In August, MJL teamed up with the Foundation of Goodness, a Sri Lankan organisation that works with villagers and donors to uplift the lives of rural communities in Sri Lanka. Our ‘Back-to-School’ campaign sought initially to raise enough money to provide school packs for at least 100 children ahead of the start of their new school year in January 2016. The big news is that at the time of writing, dear friends, you have done it again and our current figure stands at 115 bags and counting! We have decided to extend the campaign into October and have a new challenge – can you help us double the figure to at least 200 bags by the end of the month?


Most of us will remember the joy of starting a new school term with brand new supplies, uniforms and school bags. These simple things that so many of us took for granted make a huge difference for children in poverty-stricken areas of Sri Lanka (particularly those orphaned and otherwise affected by the civil war and the devastation caused by the 2004 tsunami, which so touched Michael’s heart). They can mean the difference between a child starting school with all he or she needs for a successful school year and being denied an opportunity to attend classes due to lack of what many might consider basic provisions. Not only have you made that chance of success a reality for over a hundred children so far, but you have given the children the added gift of a few MJ-themed, personalised keepsakes such as postcards, bookmarks and key rings, created by our very own Mimi and assembled by long-term supporter Cindy K., with some of Michael’s most popular quotes (as voted for by you!) printed on the back.


We’d be thrilled if you would join us on our October challenge – it costs just $30 USD (£20) to sponsor a school bag packed full of school provisions such as books, stationery, a pencil box, a lunch box, crayons, a water bottle, fabric for school uniforms and a voucher for shoes.  You can donate by clicking on the ‘donate’ button at the top of this newsletter or on our website, or simply send your gift via Paypal to

‘You can change the world…’   

Let’s Start Giving

‘It’s us. Or else it’ll never be done …’

Every month we receive many kind messages from a number of you who love what we do, have ‘liked’ our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and want to help in some way, but feel that you don’t have much to contribute financially to the work of MJL. Whilst it’s true that the regular donors who give again and again to every project we launch (you know who you are – we love and appreciate you very much!) and the surprise, one-off larger donations we receive from time to time are the crucial to the survival of our small charity, the truth is we need an increase in regular donations if we are to continue this amazing work in Michael’s memory. We all know that Michael was larger than life and continues to be so, and although we are a small charity, we all share Michael’s big dream of helping as many children, animals and environmental projects as time and money will allow.

We want to encourage every single one of you who reads these words and has thought about giving but hesitated because you’ve thought that one dollar, euro, yen or pound is not enough to make a difference – please give anyway. If each of us who has a little, gives a little, you’d be surprised at how quickly that adds up to a lot! We’ve often imagined how much more we could do if each of the 15,000-plus ‘Likes’ we have on our Facebook page could spare just a pound a month to support MJL …

So, our second challenge to you is … could YOU be one of those ‘pound-a-month’ regular givers? As a 100 per cent volunteer-led charity, we are all committed to keeping our overheads low so that you can be confident that your money will go to the places it’s most needed. Can you help make a difference? Yes, absolutely, and MJL needs you. Will you be there?

Make His Message Your Mission

Please consider making a donation today and thus keeping Michael’s legacy of love alive. You can donate via the orange Paypal button on our homepage, or by logging into your own Paypal account and sending your gift to the Paypal-linked email address:

If you haven’t yet ‘liked’ our Facebook Page, please consider doing so, since up-to-the-minute news is posted there. If you HAVE like the page, please be sure to click on the ‘down’ arrow on the ‘liked’ button and choose ‘get notifications’ – that way you will get all the news as it happens and you will see frequent pictures and details showing where and how your money is being spent.


We couldn’t agree more! Michael’s Army of L.O.V.E – THANK YOU!

Until next time,

Vimbai, Anusha, Sam,
Dee, Sue and Mimi (MJL)

Michael Jackson’s Legacy – building a better future for our children, and our children’s children

Everland Haiti Preschool Opens!

Source: Michael Jackson’s Legacy | All Things Michael


February 6, 2015 was officially the first day of opening of newly built MJL Everland Haiti preschool, in loving memory of Michael Joseph Jackson.This school is fully funded by Michael’s fans. We are so very grateful for your help.What an experience. Nobody wanted to go home!” ~ Maman Bishop, Everland Haiti Children’s World

MORE good news thanks to YOUR generosity. After three years without water, thanks to those of you who gave towards the water provision, Everland Haiti Children’s World now has water! It was a huge job since they had to bring in water from the river which is almost a mile away. Here you will see men digging the canal in order for the pipes to bring water into the village.

The City Eats Youth Direction Program To Feed The Homeless

Sources: Genevive Jackson | The City Eats

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Next Saturday, January 24 The City Eats & Youth Direction Program will be hitting the streets of Downtown Los Angeles to feed and give back to the homeless on Skid Row.

We are currently accepting donations of bread, food, water, toiletries or even donations can be made via PayPal – ANYTHING HELPS! Whether it’s your time or a donation!Please Contact us via email if you would like to help out.

We will be meeting downtown Saturday at 9am to prepare the lunch (If you would like to help prep please contact us for meeting point) then meeting on 256 Winston St at 11 to begin passing them out! Start your year off on a positive note doing something for those less fortunate! What goes around comes back around and Thank You to all organizations that will be helping us out! LA WE CAN’T WAIT!

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Citizenship And “Healing The World” Central Themes Of School Award Ceremony

Sources: Trinidad Express – By Kimoy Leon Sing|Edited By – All Things Michael


“Being A Good Citizen” was the theme this year at St Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain awards ceremony held in the school’s chapel on the school compound last Thursday.

Over 144 awards were presented to pupils for their success in academic fields, service to the school, outstanding performance in sport, for achievement in the arts and for their fine personal qualities. Some of the top awardees were Celeste Superville who was the top pupil for CAPE Unit One and Natalia Koylass who got top spot for CAPE Unit Two. The top CSEC pupil was RaVen Joseph.

Astrid Casimire and Anisha Romany copped the Rose Bowl Award. This award goes to the pupils who best represent the ideals of the school. Catherine Aboud, Anyse Calder, Natalia Koylass and Shane Winner copped the Javouhey Award. This award goes to the pupils who show initiative, generosity and commitment to the school.

Awards in art, choir and music were presented to Amelia Fuentes, Maya Galindo and Anisha Romany. Galindo received the Michelle Varley Challenge Trophy for the Most Outstanding Choir Member.

Quoting former US president, the late John F Kennedy, principal of St Joseph’s Convent, Anna Pounder, praised the pupils for their remarkable achievements and urged them to continue to excel in all aspects of their lives, and find ways to make a positive impact in our society.

She said, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.”

Pounder noted it was important for each child to fulfil her potential.

Looking at some of the challenges we face in society, when it comes to the poor and destitute not only affects Trinidad and Tobago but across the globe. Maingot quoted the words of Pope John Paul II.

“The world you are inheriting is a world which desperately needs a new sense of brotherhood and human solidarity. It is a world which needs to be touched and healed by the beauty and richness of God’s love. It needs witnesses to that love. The world needs salt. It needs you — to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world,” she said.

Quoting the words of American author and humourist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, school supervisor, Port of Spain and environs, Olsen Oliver posed the question to the audience, what did Twain say are the two most important days in your life?

“The two most important days in your life is the day you were born and the day you discover your purpose in life,” he said.

Bringing smiles to everyone’s faces, he encouraged those in the audience to sing Michael Jackson’s 1991 hit, “Heal The World”.

Hoping the song will continue to resonate in the hearts and minds of our nation’s youths, Oliver said, “It is important for you all to make this world a better place for you and for me.”


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Playlist For Peace: John Lennon, Renaud, Michael Jackson And More

Sources: Charts In France | Edited By – All Things Michael


France is still in shock after three days of horror. Many artists have taken the pen, generation after generation, to defend freedom of each and advocate peace. While tributes to victims multiply, Pure Charts offers a selection of songs that have in their own way, try to change the world – “Imagine” by John Lennon in mind.

After the terrible events that affected the writing of Charlie Hebdo, a kosher grocery store and France as a whole, it is time to brotherhood and peace. Throughout history, artists have mobilized to convey through their works a message of love and peace. Because yes, the music has the power to raise awareness and change the world. “Music takes away hatred in those who are without love. It gives peace to those who are restless, consoles those who mourn, “said cellist, conductor and Spanish composer Pablo Casals.

“Imagine all the people living life in peace …”

Instinctively, because it is rooted in the collective memory, we think of the cult song “Imagine” by John Lennon, which resounded on all radio waves yesterday noon sharp. But how can we forget the “Wind of Change” by the Scorpions, associated since 1989 to the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the We Are The World” collective for USA for Africa, which brought together for a noble cause some of the greatest contemporary artists from around the time Michael Jackson ? In these troubled times when France joins the face of adversity, the editorial teams of Spotify streaming platform developed a playlist calling for solidarity. As for French artists include some emblematic title: the engaged “Street of Peace” of Zazie , “Aux armes et cetera” Serge Gainsbourg, “Freedom” Barbarian, “Peace on Earth” by Jean Ferrat. .. Of course, the song written by Renaud and Axelle Red after the attacks of 11 September 2001, “Manhattan-Kaboul” , is one of the most harrowing testimony of the power of words to heal the ills.


Listen to the playlist “Peace” Spotify

Memorial for Linda Dee Durogene At The Michael Jackson Bench – Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Sources: You Tube – Trish Gadget | Elke Hassell | All Things Michael

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On January 3, 2015 close to 30 Michael Jackson fans, friends, and family held a memorial for Linda Durogene. The tribute took place at the Michael Jackson bench in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. The bench is part of her legacy and people reflected on her vision and some of highlights in her life.


To all the family and friends of Linda Durogene, All Things Michael would like to send love and condolences. May her sweet soul rest in peace.

Giving: Mom Looks For Stable Home And Life For Her Kids

Source: News-Press | All Things Michael

Administrator’s Note: This story is being shared in the spirit of giving, which is what Michael Jackson was all about.  It touched my heart to do something and I hope it will inspire you to help someone, however you can.


For the Hodges family in Lehigh Acres, Christmas is going to be pretty thin pickings.

“It is pretty slim over here,” says mom Cathy Hodges, 36. The North Fort Myers native heads to dollar stores and looks at online garage sales for bargains.

“I try to watch that,” she said. “That way I can get things for them better than the dollar stores.”

Providing for her children and ensuing their safety and well-being are of the utmost importance to Hodges.

The Lehigh Acres resident moved with her two children, Michael Jackson, 11, and Testa Greer, 7, this year from a much-worse location to their current more sedate, less-traveled and more family-friendly spot.

“Oh yeah,” she says with enthusiasm. “This is much better than where we were. The kids can actually play in the yard here. The other place, not.”

She would like her situation to be better, and she admits that things have improved since a year ago.

“But, it is still hard,” she says.


For the past two years, Hodges has had a full-time job working as an office administrator for the Joan of Arc Corp., a group home for the developmentally disabled in Lehigh.

She also has her home health aide certificate and sometimes assists with patient care. But she has no health care, sick or vacation time benefits and aspires to obtain those as soon as she can.

“So when the kids have vacation I can take off and enjoy them,” she explains.

She also works a second job as an office worker to earn a few extra dollars.

Still, she says, the paychecks don’t go far after rent, car insurance, gas and utilities. “It all adds up,” she said.

Almost everything the children have and get is via yard and garage sales, she said, with her mother of Cape Coral also helping out. Grandma will sometimes get the kids and go to garage sales with them for gifts, she said.

“Both the kids know the situation,” Hodges said. In fact, they seem to relish the things they do have and are close.

“They build Lego cities, the two of them,” Hodges said.

Do they like to play together? Shy Testa only nods but gregarious Michael said they play together “most of the time,” adding: “She doesn’t like my Xbox.”

One of the only “extras” they have are pets, a dog and two cats that the children love.

Michael, an active but undersized 11-year-old, is fiercely proud of his mom.

“She stands up for us, and she works hard,” he said.

Hodges is concerned for him, since he is small for his age. He has been picked on in school, and she has seen his grades slip.

“Michael has not been doing very good in school,” Hodges said. “I told him he has to treat it like a job.”

Asked why, Michael responds “Being bullied.”

The issue has a connection with Hodges. She left high school at the start of her junior year due to being bullied. “I just left,” she said. She got her GED when Michael was 2, and he walked up on stage with her to collect her degree.

Eventually, she said, she’d like to home-school Michael.

Her most enduring want is to have a stable, permanent life for the kids.

“I would like to own our own home,” she said — anyplace where they could be safe and grow up in a normal life.

Michael and Testa go to the Lehigh Acres Boys & Girls Club after school most days.

“They get to go on the computer there,” Hodges said, since they do not have an Internet connection at the home. “We don’t have Wi-Fi here,” added Michael.

“I have a back bill with Comcast for the Internet,” Hodges said. “I’m looking to pay that off.”

While Hodges admits she has made a few relationship mistakes, she seems satisfied that Michael and Testa’s fathers are involved in the children’s lives. Michael sees his father regularly, and she shares custody of Testa with the 7-year-old’s father.

While she would like more for her children.

“I know my kids aren’t going to be the greedy kids you see in the store who have to have the newest things,” she said. “They know they may not get the newest version. But they are happy with that.”

Wish list

Michael, 11: Nerf ammunition, remote control car or helicopter, laptop computer, Legos of any type.

Testa, 7: 3DS, a new tablet, stuffed animals, makeup, clothing, hair accessories.

To help contact Shannon Lane, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, 7275 Concourse Dr., Suite 200, Fort Myers, 322-2349.


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