After already giving 40,000 yuan to a charity helping school kids, an elderly husband and wife who lost both their children years ago are donating their apartment to the Shanghai Charity Foundation to fulfill the wish of their late son.
Bi Yuanhong and Mao Yi, each in their 80s, tragically outlived both of their children. Their daughter died from a disease in 2003, and four years later, their 47-year-old son Bi Ming passed away from a heart attack, Shanghai Daily reports.
Bi Ming had told his parents he wanted to donate his apartment to Project Hope, a charity that helps build schools in poverty-stricken areas. After contacting the Shanghai Charity Foundation back in 2009, the couple sold one of their downtown Shanghai apartments and donated the 400,000 yuan towards rebuilding an old primary school in Zuoshui county, Shaanxi province.
The school, named after Bi Ming, was completed in June 2009 and now accommodates 110 students. Having seen their son’s wish fulfilled, the elderly couple two went to a notary office and drafted a will, agreeing to donate their Minhang district apartment to the charity foundation.
The foundation will establish an education fund in their son’s name and the money will be used to build two more schools and to assist poor college students finish their schooling.
The couple now lives with a maid. “Our biggest wish is to raise other people’s hopes,” they said.
In 2011, Project Hope was caught in a scandal when The Daily Telegraph reported that it accepted sponsorship from China Tobacco, even allowing some schools to be named after cigarette brands.