Flint, MI – In the midst of an overseas tour, rapper The Game took to Instagram to announce that he was making a $500,000 donation to assist in providing bottled water to residents of Flint, Mich., in the midst of the city’s ongoing major water crisis, according to the Michigan Chronicle.
#WATERFORFLINT PROOF !!!
So, I'm on tour & not in the US as I'd like to be to help with this… https://t.co/d5OmlyayoP
— Black Jesus (@thegame) January 26, 2016
He added that the bottled water company Avita Water will match the $500,000 donation – making for a total of one million dollars in bottled water being sent to Flint on behalf of The Robin Hood Project, the rappers charity.
The former G-Unit rapper made note on Instagram that this issue was personal to him, as he has family that lives in Flint and are unable to use the lead-contaminated water.
“…my younger sister & her children live there & 2nd because I care… Most of these celebs on here faking using the word ‘Pledge’ in their so called donations are not fooling anyone!!!!” the rapper wrote in a lengthy Insta-post.
He also challenged celebrities Madonna and Jimmy Fallon to step up, noting their “cute” $10,000 dollar donations.
“That’s cute but not nearly enough… So I challenge both & anyone else in the world to match me & DONATE $1,000,000 in bottled water to Flint, Michigan… No more pretending to give a f**k.”
The Game also revealed that the initial water shipments from Avita were scheduled to begin arriving to the Flint area on Wednesday. The residents of Flint undoubtedly appreciate the charitable efforts of the superstar rapper in not only helping to bring fresh water to Flint, but also in challenging other celebrities to step up financially.
The Compton rapper has set the bar high with his donation and deserves to be commended for using his celebrity to forward an extremely righteous cause.
Will any other celebrities accept The Game’s one-million-dollar donation challenge? Let’s hope so.
Check out his full post on Instagram announcing the $1,000,000 bottled water donation below.
#WATERFORFLINT PROOF !!! So, I’m on tour & not in the US as I’d like to be to help with this water crisis in Flint, Michigan 1st hand…. #1 because my younger sister & her children live there & 2nd because I care. Most celebs on here faking using the word “Pledge” in their so called donations are not fooling anyone ! The truth is the population in Flint, Michigan is about 105,000 people & it takes at least 9 bottles per person a day just to use to bathe, brush their teeth, drink & cook with… So on behalf my charity @TheRobinHoodProject I am donating $1,000,000 in water bottles..$500,000 coming out of my own pocket (which is everything I’ve made on tour up to this point) & the other 1/2 being met by @AvitaWater & the 1st drop is being made TODAY 1pm eastern time at “Food Bank East Michigan” 2300 Lapeer Road flint Michigan 48503 & the 1st drop will be 1400 cases of water equaling about 33,000 bottles today & everyday that follows until 1,000,000 bottles of water are dropped !!!! To those who think it’s easy getting this water to Flint, it’s not so the people who are PLEDGING they are, show us.. We want proof !!! Stop using others tragedies for your own celebrity gain… You’re not fooling ANYONE ! I seen @Madonna & @JimmyFallon’s $10,000 donations… that’s cute, but not nearly enough…. So I challenge both & anyone else in the world to match me & DONATE $1,000,000 in bottled water to Flint, Michigan & we want proof, shipping order receipts, bank wire receipts, pictures etc……….. No more pretending to give a fuck….. I donate money all the time & it comes out of my pocket & never once have I written anything off on my taxes because that’s not why I do it !!!!!!!! So, if any other celebrity wants to MATCH MY MILLION here’s the site where you can donate http://selfmadefoundation.org or pick your own.. JUST MAKE SURE THE WATER ACTUALLY GETS TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT !! & I don’t wanna see anyone else using the word “PLEDGE” in their donation or press release because we know that that means. “YOU JUST TALKING & TRYING TO MAKE YOURSELF LOOK LIKE A HUMANITARIAN” !!! #WaterForFlint #TheRobinHoodProject #AvitaH20Corp #SelfmadeFoundation #HUMANPOWERBALL
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