Destiny Fans and Bungie Raise Over $1M for Nepal Relief Efforts
Bungie's Destiny fan base has raised over $1 million to help those affected by Nepal's catastrophic earthquake this past April.
A massive check for $1,026,006.80 was signed by Bungie and delivered to Direct Relief to help with the relief efforts throughout Nepal. Bungie opened up an online fundraiser throughout April and May to help raise money to help the survivors of the Gorka earthquake, which has killed over 8,800 people, injured 23,000 and left hundreds of thousands homeless. Bungie and Activision contributed $50,000 and fundraised the rest of the money through Bungie's online store in the form of t-shirts and a special in-game item for Destiny. All of the proceeds were collected and given to the humanitarian and charitable organization, Direct Relief, who will directly use the money to save lives in Nepal.
Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief, had this to say:
This was an astounding act of generosity on the part of Bungie and the larger Bungie community, and we at Direct Relief are deeply grateful – beyond what can be expressed in words. Most importantly, the Bungie community’s amazing support will translate immediately and directly into help for people in Nepal who experienced a tremendous blow, are in a very difficult and more vulnerable situation now as monsoon season nears, and also have a long, tough road ahead. Every penny will be spent to help strengthen essential health services that were needed before the earthquakes and much more so now.
Likewise, here's what Bungie community manager DeeJ had to say to the studio's generous fan base:
The rest of the world is discovering what we’ve known at Bungie for many years. When disaster strikes and aid is needed, Guardians are powerful allies to have on your side. You’re our pride and joy, Destiny Community. We’re in awe of you every day, and we thank you.
Shirts are shipping as we speak. First come, first served. The orders were many, so here’s hoping that your patience is as strong as your heart.
We here at Arcade Sushi would like to give a big thumbs up to Bungie for doing this and another for everybody who donated.