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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘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: email@example.com.
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