It’s not often that history and Hollywood come together in such thrilling fashion. In the Mel Gibson-directed 2006 epic film Apocalypto, the exquisite costumes recreating the look of the ancient Mayans was researched down to the last meticulous detail.
With permission from Icon Productions, the past and the future is coming together in a unique auction to raise money to help sick children. Some of the stunning headdresses, bracelets, necklaces, other jewelry and distinctive Mayan relics custom-made for the film went on the block online at auctionmystuff.com from October 6-26, 2014.
Mel Gibson has asked that all the proceeds from the sale go to Mending Kids International, a California-based charity that provides life-changing surgical care to children worldwide.
“Mending Kids does great work,” said Mel. “The best thing about this particular charity is that over 90% of anything donated actually gets to where it’s supposed to, so there’s no big administrative drain. I think the most exciting thing you can say about it is, they save lives, and they improve the quality of lives.”
In October 2016, the World Poker Tour teamed up with celebrity hosts Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Andrew Garfield and Gene Simmons to raise money and awareness for Mending Kids, a charity that raises money to help provide surgical care for children in need around the world. The event raised enough money to help more than 100 children.
Mending Kids International provides life-changing surgical care to children worldwide. Most of the surgeries performed are for congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis and significant cranial facial deformities. Between 2006 and 2012, Mending Kids International performed free surgeries for over 1200 kids in 54 countries.
Over the years, Mending Kids has helped thousands of children receive transformational surgeries that have given them a chance at longer, healthier and happier lives. Most of the surgeries performed through Mending Kids are to correct congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, and significant cranial facial deformities.