|Why is Bill Gates pouring ice cold water on himself?....#icebucketchallenge|
I had been seeing pictures of people pouring water (apparently ice cold water with ice cubes) on themselves and I wondered whether it was another crazy online trend. So when I saw this article on mailonline.co.uk (I know, I visit it a lot). It is an online newspaper so I like to go to it for international news.
Anyway apparently it is a challenge to raise money for a charity organization. Right now a lot of famous people have been taking the challenge. They pour ice cold water on themselves then nominate people to do the challenge (just like the sunshine blogger award) and they upload their picture or video and people donate.
Right now the only famous person to deny to do is President Barack Obama (and probably me too….I am famous too na). But honestly I don’t think I can do the challenge. I don’t even have my bath with cool water, if it is not hot or warm then there is a big problem. I would just stand there for so many minutes and be scared of the water. I know how I almost had panic disorder symptoms thinking of using cold water during NYSC camp. And the 21 days I was in that camp, having my bath in the very coooollllld morning (at 4am because we had to have our bath before it was light because of the guys) was the worst part of that camp. Now that I have passed that stage, no way am I taking the ice bucket challenge. I would rather donate some money to the charity like Barack Obama did.
Here is the article and some pictures, it would explain the whole challenge and what they are raising the money for. I hope you enjoy it...
The ice bucket challenge is the latest craze to sweep the United States – and now it seems the cold water trend has hit the UK.
It involves people pouring a freezing cold bucket of water over their heads to raise money for charity before nominating other people to get involved.
The trend started in America where people wanted to raise awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – also referred to as motor neurone disease.
It went viral after Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball player tipped to become a Red Sox star who had his career cut short by the disease, nominated fellow Boston athletes to take part.
This then spread to celebrities including Mark Zuckerberg, Justin Timberlake and even Bill Gates.
Now the phenomenon has landed in the UK with people across the country gearing up to the challenge.
Zuleika Henderson, 38, from Crystal Palace in London decided to do her ice bucket challenge in front of iconic clock tower, Big Ben.She said: ‘I was challenged by a friend of mine from the New York police department who also challenged others from Canada, South Africa and Australia so I felt the need to do something special for London.
'It was of course, utterly freezing, and very confusing for some of the tourists there to see Big Ben - I'm sure I'll be in a few of their holiday photos!'
The communications manager added: 'I think a few minutes of icy pain isn't much if it raises awareness and donations for people who face a disease every day. I didn't know what ALS was before the challenge, so it worked in my case, I think the ice bucket challenge is doing a lot of good.'Others have been taking part but using the opportunity to donate to different charities.