Admitting to not having caught whiff of the current Ice Bucket Challenge trend going on of late will have you faced with questions along the lines of “How long did you say you were in a coma?”
To recap, with the help of Wikipedia: “The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral throughout social media during mid 2014. In the United Kingdom, people also participate in the challenge for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.”
“The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.”
Some criticism has surfaced, mainly concerning that it’s about either doing the Ice Bucket, or donating, and focus on the fact that in just about every video someone opts for the bucket, where it would be far more charitable to reach for your wallet, credit card or cheque book. Similarly, some have been criticized for doing both when they’re allegedly supposed to do either one or the other.
However, the ALS Asociation write on their website that “The challenge involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. People can either accept the challenge or make a donation to an ALS Charity of their choice, or do both.” So, double kudos points for doing both.
To read about and support the cause: www.alsa.org
Anyway, here are just four particular ones that caught my attention over the course of a Friday evening, and I’m sure there are many more out there worthy of praise.
Sir Patrick Stewart — Ice-Bucketing in Style
Sir Ian McKellen — The Ice Bucket Party
Benedict “Smaug” Cumberbatch — Going Over The Top
George Takei — Iceberg at Warp Seven