At a tour stop last Summer in Detroit, Bruno Mars announced that he was donating $1 Million to the Flint water crisis for clean water for our neighbors. Flint kids now have access to places to play. Playgrounds are popping up in our Flint community including tennis courts and basketball kids. Unstructured play and exercise has been proven to decrease the effects of lead exposure in children. The trauma of the Flint water crisis requires long-term recovery grounded in the science of child development.
Several organizations in Flint have teamed up to build these playgrounds in previous years leading up to today. This is year three of this project. In year one, only a single playground was built. Then in year two, two were built. Now we are in year 3 and six are built. Flint is remarkably below the state standard for how many playgrounds they need to have per their population, so that is the leading cause and inspiration behind this project. Isaiah Oliver is the President/CEO of Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
His statement: "We are excited about Bruno's continued support for Flint that we decided to take it upon ourselves to make a thank you video. The organization wanted to thank him for his support for the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, The Flint Registry, and his commitment to help decrease the effects of lead exposure in children."
Thank you Bruno Mars for your generosity and support towards the kids in Flint.
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NOW Bruno is taking a step towards giving the children what they want... a playground and basketball courts. The beans were spilled today that Bruno Mars funded this awesome project.