American popstar Bruno Mars announced a donation of $1 million to The Community Foundation of Greater Flint to address the city’s water crisis on August 12. The singer-songwriter made the surprise announcement during his concert on Saturday night in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
The money will come out of revenue from Saturday’s sold-out concert on Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour.
In a statement, Mars said, “I’m very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause. Challenges still remain, years later for Flint residents and it’s important that we don’t forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster. As people, especially as Americans, we need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again.”
Flint’s water crisis began in 2014 when it switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River. The water was improperly treated, leading to elevated levels of lead. Thousands of people in the city were exposed to the contaminated water, including children, and atleast 12 people died in the Legionnaire outbreak connected to the crisis.
The Community Foundation of Greater Flint is currently addressing the multitude of issues the city is facing ever since the crisis and resulting disaster from the effects of the population’s exposure to lead.
Appreciating the artist’s contribution to help the community, President and CEO of the foundation, Isaiah M Oliver said in a statement, “With a grateful heart, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint is honoured to accept this inspiring donation. We know Bruno Mars’ $1 million gift will be transformative to the children and families of Flint. He understands the issues faced by Flint citizens, and we are touched by his concern and generosity.”