Here’s a story that is sure to brighten up your day. Twin brothers who help run a school for underprivileged children in Guilin, China have donated $20,000 to Shenmue III‘s Kickstarter in order to raise awareness about their little school. In a detailed post on the Shenmue Dojo, the brothers explained that they run a school through the V.E.T. (Volunteer English Teacher) Program where they teach children and young adults English in order to help them in their future careers. Many of the children who attend the school come from tiny villages around the Guilin area and may not have an opportunity to learn elsewhere.
Because the donation was coming out of their own bank accounts, they had extensive discussions with each other about the pros and cons of the decision.
“We spent many hours thinking about whether this is a good or bad decision. We spent $10,000 in 2012 to get our school off the ground and that went a long way. Because of our initial $10,000 pledge, the school received an amazing amount of attention in China, social media and gaming websites. I’ll reiterate, We are not wealthy! This was a hard decision. We could have given $20,000 directly to building the school and it’s programs but we feel that this pledge will lead to more exposure and support than what we could do through other mediums.” — Joe Kitchen
When it comes to the Kickstarter rewards, the selfless brothers are hoping that Yu Suzuki could insert one of their volunteers as an NPC in Shenmue III.
“We decided to make the second $10,000 pledge a character in the game. We don’t want to be a character attacking Ryo though. We are going to try and ask Yu Suzuki to let us have one of our Volunteer Chinese teaching assistants be a character in one of the villages. They deserve to be recognized for their hard work. They are volunteers and many of them come from poor rice farms. We are also hoping that since we will be listed in the credits as a special sponsor that it can have our school with a logo and a website rather than our names.” — Joe Kitchen
Both brothers have mentioned that Shenmue was one of the main inspirations for their voluntary work in Guilin, China, and, as a fellow Shenmue fan and twin, this particular story tugged at my heartstrings. The amount of exposure that their school has received and will receive in the future will absolutely make up for the $20,000 that they donated to Shenmue III‘s Kickstarter. If you wanted to know more about their school for underprivileged children, you can check out their Facebook page here.
Source: Shenmue Dojo