Bruno Mars Donates $1 Million to Flint Water Crisis Victims

13 August, 2017, 21:02 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Bruno Mars performs at the 2016 Jingle Ball at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mars is donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to aid those affected by the Flint water crisis. Mars told the audience Saturday A

Mars also issued a statement thanking the MI fans for supporting the cause. "As people, especially as Americans, we need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again".

'It was not even a natural disaster - it's something that should've been prevented and could've been prevented, so it's just disgusting to think about the damages that these families and even kids have to go through with the lead poisoning, ' said the Bounce Back artist.

The Detroit Free Press is reporting the singer stated he will give $1 million to victims of the water crisis.

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The water crisis which began in 2014 after a decision to change the city's water source caused high lead contamination to run through the veins of the city and affect the lives of the primarily Black and working class residents in the former factory town. Thousands of people in the city were exposed to the contaminated water, including children, and 12 people died in a Legionnaire's outbreak connected to the crisis.

Along with "24K Magic World Tour" promoter Live Nation, funds from ticket sales to the sold-out show will be redirected to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. The river water was found to be 19 times more corrosive than water from Detroit causing lead poising in many of Flint's residents. The donation will be made to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Rapper Big Sean and R&B superstar Beyonce are among those who have donated to the foundation.

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