On Saturday night, Bruno Mars told a sold-out auditorium in Auburn Hills, Michigan, that he would be donating a million dollars to help the victims of the Flint Water Crisis.
The Flint Water Crisis began in 2014, when the city switched its drinking water source to the Flint River. The water was reportedly not sufficiently treated, and Flint residents were exposed to very high levels of lead in their drinking water. Lead in the water has been linked to serious health problems. It causes irreversible damage in children and can affect a child’s IQ and cause learning disabilities and lifelong mental health problems.
Mars’ donation will go to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, which is committed to addressing the immediate needs of the people of Flint, as well as the long-term needs of children who were poisoned by high levels of lead in their water.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Mars made the announcement at the end of his first set. He paused during the song "Just the Way You Are" to tell everyone that he would be donating a million dollars to help "our brothers and sisters in Flint." The crowd was ecstatic.
"I'm very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause,” Mars said later in a statement. “Ongoing challenges 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."