May 17 2010

There are Few Corners of the World His Kindness & Care Didn’t Touch…

Category: Children,Humanitarian,Photos,Quotes About MJSeven @ 10:14 pm

MJ and Vilma Ryan

MJ and Vilma Ryan

Vilma Ryan is a leader in the Aboriginal community of Riverstone, a town about fifty miles west of Sydney. She Ryan has broken a 22-year pledge of silence to speak about her encounters with Michael Jackson.

Mrs Ryan, 70, arranged for the star to visit Murawina Preschool at Redfern when he was in the country during his 1987 tour in support of the Bad album. She said she had been sworn to strict secrecy.

“Michael was very interested in Aboriginal affairs, especially black deaths in custody, but didn’t want to alienate his fans,” Mrs Ryan said.

At the time of the visit Mrs Ryan worked as director of the centre. She said she had been told the visit would have been cancelled if the press found out.

“I was also warned not to publicise it even after his return to America,” she said. “That’s why it was never reported. It was the highlight of my life and my biggest secret for 22 years.”

Mrs Ryan said she was first invited to meet Jackson at the Regent Hotel in Sydney after she passed a letter to his people at Sydney Airport.

“Michael wanted to meet with staff, parents and kids of the preschool after his Sydney concert when I told him about my work,” she said.

He gave me 100 tickets to his concert at Parramatta Stadium when I told him our kids couldn’t afford to see his show.”

“He was very polite, soft spoken and respectful during our meeting.”

She said that the day after his concert, Mr Jackson’s people asked her to meet at his hotel and guide him and about 30 others to Redfern.

“I organised a team of Aboriginal women guards to look after his security and instructed them to lock the doors after his arrival,” she said.

“He spent about two hours at the centre talking with the kids, their parents and staff.”

She also organised for a group picture later of Jackson with the kids at a Surry Hills photo studio.

I cried when I heard he passed away and so did many of the kids who met him.

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{ Thanks to my friend Bozeanne for the story of this lovely encounter.  -Seven }

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10 Responses to “There are Few Corners of the World His Kindness & Care Didn’t Touch…”

  1. earthgirl says:

    What a secret to keep for so long, bless her.

  2. Susan says:

    Thank you Seven;

    Thank you for providing an oasis in the desert of ignorance for us here, Seven. With all the lies and innuendoes about Michael, it’s healing to hear the stories of people who actually knew Michael or met him briefly and were touched by his kindness and thoughtfulness.

  3. Cherry says:

    Wow, that is a sweet story! I love to hear from people that have met him and how they have been affected by him and his death, it gives me that feeling of global connection again because we all cried and we are all missing him.

  4. Saskia says:

    And many more stories like these exist. It’s so good to know that there were many people who didn’t run to the media to tell their stories. She waited 22 years and at thi smoment, it’s so touching to read.

  5. cynthia says:

    Just lets u know there are people who can keep their mouths shut…MJ liked doing things for others without fan-fair and this is a prefect example…People need to understand that doing for others need not be uncomfortable or cheered..just doing it is all it takes… from the heart….thanks for share with story..

  6. Gavin Saunders says:

    No wonder the media had to take him down. His remarkable selflessness, even at that age, made the likes of Rupert Murdoch, whose inherited wealth and greedy ambition does nothing but corrupt our societies, look sooo mercenary. I respect Vilma Ryan’s integrity and that she’s spoken out eventually so that people’s views will, hopefully one day, be balanced. I despise saying it but what a shame MJ didn’t recognise/capitulate to the seemingly unavoidable necessity to suck up to the media bosses if you want to operate on that scale.

  7. Seven says:

    Gavin,

    I’m glad he didn’t suck up to those scum. It would have soiled his integrity.

  8. Bridgett_361 says:

    I read that when mj give away ticket to his concert he has to pay for it out of his pocket.
    Good stories like those do not sell papers, sadly we have become a world of gossip and bad news.
    If the news don’t put down and hurt then we don’t want to hear it.
    Michael was a easy target to hurt because he was different, this the sad state that human lived and this is What the children are learning.

  9. FF says:

    Hi Seven, I’d like to again say thanks for this site, it’s great to come to a site and hear people’s experiences of MJ moved and inspired them.

    I’ve been thinking since the last time I was here (in fact, as always since his death) I was ruminating on why people were so hateful to him when he was alive. It always seemed an exaggerated response to the actual situation – even before the allegations regarding children.

    I know you mentioned projection and I mentioned that some people just found him so exceptional as to be too exceptional to be ignored and so he had to be undermined and denigrated over the years as a way to attempt to illegitimise his expansive cultural contribution, legacy and outstanding achivement.

    But I’ve come up with a third.

    I couldn’t figure out why some people were absolutely convinced he was some kind of pervert – some of them members of the public, some of them celebrities. And I figured that it’s a psychological thing which is why the response from some people bordered on overkill. People generally believe that if something looks too good to be true it is and in recent times they’ve also come to believe that that same something is likely to be hding something sinister in addition. Some people build their entire worldview and personality on this belief. Which is what it is: a belief, not necessarily the truth.

    So when someone like Michael comes along there are only really two ways to go if your personality is hinged on having an ‘accurate world view’ and you refuse to adapt that to incoming information. You can either completely break with your established habit and alter your viewpoint and thereby question all of your judgements and choices up until that point

    OR

    you can stay EXACTLY the same and maintain that the view you have is the correct one and the incoming information is the falsehood. Thereby if you believe the world is flat and have predicated your entire life on that belief or at least on the belief that your beliefs are sacrosanct then… any incoming message and messenger that dictates the world is actually round is going to be heresy. What the personality type then does is discredits the incoming information and, if possible when the information is an actual person or group of people either undermines, discredits them or ultimately in some way destroys them.

    This is what happened with MJ. People were so used to saying no one in this world is going to be that kind, polite or have a significant and consistent humanitarian instinct without them:
    a) using that to hide something sinister
    b) using it as a ploy
    c) some amalgamation of the above.

    So for some people he HAD to be a freak, a weirdo, a pervert – in their mind that’s exactly what follows. Why alter a lifetime of looking at the world (quite likely) incorrectly when you can just destroy this one single fly in the ointment? When you can just insist this one person is a sinister weirdo and a danger to children?

    And so it went.

    This is why you’ll still today have people insisting something sinister went on at Neverland or that MJ was a crazy person (I see no evidence of either).

    It’s not just money, it’s the psychology of viewpoint. When people refuse to recognise a fact they seek to mitigate the circumstances of that fact and when they can’t do that they attempt to destroy the fact so they don’t actually have to change. The act of destroying in order to not be challenged to change is what moves the action from mere laziness into actual evil. What most people don’t realise is that evil, far from coming on with bells and whistles, is actually usually very (and disturbingly so, when you do recognise it) mundane; that’s why most people will insist that an evil act isn’t actually that big a deal or isn’t actually all that evil.

    People will and do insist on negatively labelling MJ for a whole host of reasons but the underlying one is the refusal to accept information that proves contrary to their presumptions/core beliefs about their world/reality. In their minds it’s easier to destroy this one man than to re-evaluate their world and their worldview.

    And so it went and continues to go.

  10. L. Somers says:

    Perfectly stated FF.
    I’ve been racking my brain too and came to the same conclusion.
    From my experience when I’ve been advised/warned not to be so thoughtful of others lest I feel wounded later as a result of being unappreciated and even ‘punished’ for my good deeds I’ve interpreted (possibly due to a stint with the Jehovah’s Witnesses or my erstwhile Catholicism?) this as a test and that it was doubly important to not be selfish and dissuaded from my initial intention. I felt it would be petty to think of my interests if I’m doing what is caring and right. I really felt there was no other way I could possibly be and it was not hard.
    Now, as I experience the painful reality of having squandered decades of love and effort on some individuals who are now making my life impossible, I can’t help but be fascinated by MJ’s story.
    I thought maybe he was at times arrogant by not caving in to society’s edicts but can also see the intense humanity that may really, and with much research seem to, have been at the core of his actions.
    I think, like me now, he may dearly have regretted trying to be so selfless; one can see so clearly he really had much more to give the world if his very being/soul was not so callously attacked at every turn.
    Unfortunately there is only so much hurt and disappointment a person can take…. even Michael Jackson.

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