Bungie has launched a brand new fundraising initiative designed to support global healthcare workers as the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic. The fundraiser launched on April 15th and raised over $350,000 in its first 24-hours. All profits will be sent to Direct Relief that will assist healthcare workers around the world through the purchase of needed supplies. Destiny 2 players who donate $20 or more will earn the in-game Guardian’s Heart Emblem as thanks for their participation.
The announcement was made on the Bungie official site. “As the world responds to the outbreak of COVID-19, many of us have been urged by our local governments to stay home. Containing the spread of the virus is one of the best things we can do to protect our fellow humans. If you are a gamer, you’ve been training for this moment for your whole life. If you possess the heart of a Guardian, however, you might be wrestling with an urge to do more!”
“In response to these trying times, Bungie is excited to announce the Guardian’s Heart fundraising initiative. In partnership with Direct Relief, and in collaboration with our community, we want to bring the full might of the Bungie community to support the healthcare workers and frontline responders who are confronting this global healthcare crisis.”
Direct Relief is, according to its mission statement, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. Its mission aims to “improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion or ability to pay.”
Bungie has a long-standing relationship with Direct Relief. In 2015, for instance, players raised over $1,000,000 for relief efforts following the Nepal earthquake.
Check out the Bungie official site to learn more.