Here at Falcon, we believe in using business as a force for good. We are committed to supporting local positive impact efforts that aspire to solve social and environmental problems in our community. The Flint Water Crisis hits especially close home, as many of us at Falcon have personal connections to Michigan and the Detroit area.
The Flint water crisis started after the county decided to change its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River in April 2014. It wasn’t long before the government officials started receiving various complaints of discoloration, smell and bad taste from the water. Unfortunately, the city continued to state that the water was safe to drink. From the beginning of this transition, Flint’s drinking showed numerous problems, ranging from coliform bacteria to elevated presence of trihalomethane- or TTHM.
However, tragedy, reached the highest point when aging pipes mixed with the new highly corrosive water supply, releasing large levels of lead into the water supply and exposing between 6,000 and 12,000 children to lead poisoning. Lower IQ, learning problems, slow growth and inability to pay attention are some of the effects of lead on young brains, which are “untreatable and irreversible.” Other effects from lead contamination include anemia and hyperactivity. On top of all this, the contaminated water might cause an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. The waterborne bacterial infection has killed 10 people and affected another 87. Clearly, the people of Flint, Michigan need our support, and this need is tremendous.
The Michigan Club is a global social network and membership-based community whose mission is “to have a positive impact on the world by connecting forward-thinking, Michigan-minded people and inspiring social and economic change through business, education, personal development and travel.” Tonight the Michigan Club is hosting a fundraiser to help the community of Flint during the serious water crisis.
The Michigan Club partnered with the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, an organization that has been providing Flint families and children with resources to face this population-wide lead exposure. Proceeds will benefit the non-profit who aids in crisis response, early childhood education, nutrition education and other needed areas.
Join us in sharing your passion for this cause, and supporting The Michigan Club initiative:
* On Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/1673353692916098/
* Event Registration: http://bit.ly/1Vk13G8
* Donate: http://bit.ly/1QOhmqJ
* Website: http://www.themichiganclub.com