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Ice Bucket Challenge
August 21, 2014 - Theresa Proudfit
Thanks to the millions of ice bucket challengers in the world, The ALS Association, a national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease, has raised $41.8 million in donations and still counting. This is huge compared to $2.1 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 21).
I have seen tons and tons and tons of posts on Facebook about this challenge. Most of them positive, from people participating in the challenge, but of course we have a few haters. One of my friends asked "How does dumping a bucket of water on my head raise awareness?" "Don't challenge me, I'm not doing it" she said.
Basically the challenge works like this, someone challenges you to either dump a giant bucket of cold water over your head or donate to the ALS Association. Usually this is done via Facebook, by video, so all your friends can see it. In my case my cousin Angela LeClaire called me out. She posted a video of herself dumping water over her head and gave me 24 hours to do the same or pay up.
The beauty of this contest is however you choose, you're helping The ALS Association. Either by monetary donations or awareness (people see it, challenge other people, they send money or people google ALS and learn a little more about the disease and what they can do to help). In my case I took the easy way out and sent a $25 donation to ALS in my cousin Angela's name. I have considered doing both, but "Baby it's cold outside".
In return for my donation I challenged 3 people. As far as I can tell only one has responded. Who responded? My unnamed friend who told me "Don't challenge me, I'm not doing it". She did it. I knew she would.
Alright you other two……you know who you are…if you respond to my challenge with either a donation or bucket of water…in addition to my donation, I will also dump a bucket.
Also check out the links I've attached to this article. Some great stories out there!
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