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Dr Patrick Treacy has generously pledged to the Everland project a hydraulic clinic bed that Michael Jackson was treated on at the Ailesbury Clinic in Dublin.
On MJL’s first anniversary, our Honorary Ambassador Dr Patrick Treacy, who was a close personal friend of entertainer and fellow philanthropist Michael Jackson, has generously pledged to the Everland project a hydraulic clinic bed that Michael was treated on at the Ailesbury Clinic in Dublin, where he is the founder and Medical Director.
Everland Children’s Home is being built by fans across the world in memory of Michael Jackson. All funds for the building have been raised in less than 11 months by fans spanning no less than 27 different countries around the globe. The superstar’s devoted fans and friends are currently raising funds for the interior furnishings.
It is expected that children residing at the orphanage will come from both Liberia and the neighbouring war-torn Ivory Coast, where Michael was once crowned ‘King Sani’. Both places have been ravaged by war and many children have lost or been isolated from their parents and families and placed at risk of abuse, injury, illness and worse.
Currently, if a child in the immediate area is sick, there necessitates an extremely rough and bumpy two hour ride to the nearest hospital. Now, thanks to Dr Treacy’s generosity, the matron’s room will contain a very special bed that will reassure sick children and distract them from any injury, illness or affliction.
MJL’s talented artist Mimi has painted a picture which depicts Michael on this very bed whilst in consultation with Dr Treacy, and this picture will be hung alongside the bed at Everland, giving some hope and peace to each child whose illness necessitates its use.
Dr Treacy, who never does anything by halves, is thinking of driving a van with the bed inside all the way from Dublin to Everland. The community would welcome such a necessary and poignant item with open arms and the van could be adorned with MJL’s logo and provide much needed transport to and from school for the children, and a means of self-sufficiency for the staff. In addition to such an incredible offer, Dr Treacy has pledged money for bandages, chemotherapy and/or anti-retroviral drugs should a child get sick. What’s more, the compassionate doctor has also said that he would be willing to send out medical supplies, syringes, needles and IV kits from his clinic in Ireland once Everland is up and running, so that HIV, burns and cancer paediatric patients can be treated effectively.
We approached Dr Treacy initially having heard him speaking so eloquently to the media about Michael’s humanitarian work. Knowing that he is also so actively involved in philanthropic work around the world, we could think of no better person to represent this cause and we are deeply indebted to and grateful for the help Dr Treacy has given to ourselves, and ultimately, to the children that his kindness and generosity will go on to benefit.
ABOVE: Front, back and side view of the healing bed at Ailesbury Clinic, Dublin.
BELOW LEFT: The bed reclined. BELOW RIGHT: Mimi's painting, adapted from an actual photo.