beyoncé donated $82,000 to flint, michigan
The money will help local non-profit organizations continue to handle the town's toxic water supply.
This week Beyoncé wrapped the US leg of her Formation tour in Detroit, Michigan, and the star used it as a chance to reach out to the people of Flint — a town one hour outside of the city. Flint residents have suffered from extremely high levels of lead in their drinking water since April 2014. The situation was declared a Federal emergency in January this year. Soon after the announcement Beyoncé added an optional Flint donation to the sale of her Formation tour tickets. The end result? The BeyHive's donations tipped just over $82,000.
Before they left town to continue the tour in the UK Bey's charity team, the BeyGood Foundation, presented a local non-profit with the check to continue handling the tainted water supply. BeyGood had also previously stopped by a local high school to drop off some free Formation tickets to students. Bey's team billed the Detroit show as "a celebration of the resourcefulness of the people of Flint and Detroit, Michigan," and they certainly did their bit to help them keep up their great work.
Text Isabelle Hellyer
Photography Matt Jones [The Health Issue, No. 268, 2006]