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Andre Dirrell Takes a Stand Against Poisoned Water in Flint

Flint, MI - Olympic bronze medalist and super middleweight star Andre Dirrell has taken matters into his own hands with a grassroots effort to raise funds in toward the purchase of clean water for those affected by the poisoned water crisis in his hometown of Flint. President Obama, last month, declared a national state of emergency in Flint, Michigan, whose water supply was contaminated with toxic levels of lead when its source was changed from Lake Huron to the Flint River. To date, over 102,000 people have been poisoned and the number continues to climb (source: Huffington Post).
 
The super middleweight has already donated thousands of dollars of his own money toward the purchase of clean water for Flint residents and is imploring his fellow fighters and everyone in the boxing community to do what they can to help.

Andre Dirrell goes after poisoned water
 
"As an athlete, I have a great appreciation for the importance of water in someone's life," said Dirrell. "You can't train without water, but the people of Flint need it for much more than drinking. They need to bath, cook and stay alive. This is a tragedy and I feel as though I'm in a position to not only do what I can to help these people, but encourage my fellow fighters and the whole boxing community to do what they can.
 
"On a personal note, I have over 30 family members living in Flint can possibly be poisoned, including six or seven of my nieces and nephews who range from the ages of 2-13. It hurts knowing that there are serious long-term effects, especially on young kids. If those were my kids, I would want something to be done. Let's help save my city."
 
To donate to support Dirrell's fundraising effort to purchase clean water for the residents of Flint, click go to https://www.gofundme.com/7wm96hz8.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by wlliam on 02-02-2016

I can always admire when athletes take positives stances of matters like these..good on ya Dirrel. Hope to see flint get through this.

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 02-02-2016

It's hard to believe this is happening in an American city. You would expect something like this in a poor, Third World country maybe but not in the most powerful nation on Earth. It's very sad. I hope Dirrell's campaign…

Comment by fredhopple on 02-02-2016

The make up of Flint and Politics let Flint rust away as the water turned brown and rusty and bad but all the people taht mattered moved away years ago. what was left in Flint got abandoned by Politics and…

Comment by Crazylegs77 on 02-02-2016

[QUOTE=T.M.T;16436952]only in america would something so devilish like this happend.[/QUOTE] yup. terrible. that freedom doe.

Comment by Zaroku on 02-02-2016

The politicians that caused this need to be forced to drink the same water as the residents drink. This would be a great move and cause idiots to think about others.

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