We Run For Flint
Water is a necessity, not an option.
The medal for this virtual race sends a powerful message and reminder of the potential underlying risk we take from drinking water we rely on and believe is healthy for us. The water sections of the medal are see-through giving the illusion of translucent water. Inside the water reveals the hidden toxins.
Money raised from this virtual race (90% of net proceeds) will benefit the Catholic Charities of Flint. During the Flint Water Recovery Efforts, Catholic Charities is providing help to those in need through its Center for Hope Community Closet and North End Soup Kitchens. Families and individuals in need are able to take home bottled water, as supplies allow. They are in partnership with the American Red Cross, United Way of Genesee County, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, and many other community members in the front lines of the relief and recovery efforts.
“The Flint water crisis is a drinking water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, United States that started in April 2014. After Flint changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water (which was sourced from Lake Huron as well as the Detroit River) to the Flint River (to which officials had failed to apply corrosion control treatment), its drinking water had a series of problems that culminated with lead contamination, creating a serious public health danger. The corrosive Flint River water caused lead from aging pipes to leach into the water supply, causing extremely elevated levels of the heavy metal. In Flint, between 6,000 and 12,000 children have been exposed to drinking water with high levels of lead and they may experience a range of serious health problems. The water change is also a possible cause of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the county that has killed 10 people and affected another 77.” (Taken from Wikipedia)
Articles on Flint Water Crisis
Photo Album from the Flint, Michigan Community