Tuesday 19 August 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge Needs Donations And Not Water Wastage.

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One of the biggest stunts online and in social media right now had very low-key beginnings on the professional golf circuit. The so-called ice-bucket challenge—dump ice water on yourself, post and tag yourself on social media and challenge others to do the same—got its start among golfers as a way to support pet charities. In just a few weeks, it has become a major fundraising coupfor patients and organizations with ALS, a neurodegenerative disorder. It is commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease, after the baseball player who had it. The campaign has caught people ranging from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and performer Justin Timberlake. It began slowly with just over 100 tweets on July 15 and then exploded this past week, with daily tweets of more than 32,000. 

From Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Anderson to Superwoman, Lady Gaga, Triple H, Paul Bissonnette & many others, called the tech moguls & actors in Hollywood. I really liked how Bill Gates accepted the challenge given to him by Mark Zuckerberg, making it more interesting by constructing a self pull-over bucket mechanism. Also, I was awed by how Paul Bissonnette used a helicopter to get the ice water dumped on his head on the mountains.That was Biggg….hahah!! Totally jaw dropping. The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation. A few bollywood actors too accepted the challenge, from Riteish Deshmukh to Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bacchan, Siddharth Malhotra, Mandira Bedi & many others. Salman Khan was said to have accepted it too but we still haven’t seen his video, & SRK lost the challenge. 

I’m glad that a lot of common people around the world are doing this challenge too. A lot of indians are grabbing attention by doing the very very famous #icebucketchallenge. Well, i haven’t been nominated by anyone yet so still haven’t felt the chill. This is totally for a good cause by the ALS organisations in order to spread awareness about the ALS, commonly called the Lou Gehrig’s disease. Though it seems fun to watch people shout “Aaaaaaa” after the cold water dumping on their heads, I think the people who dared to accept the challenge were quite strong enough but you really think wasting so much of water is a good idea? Instead just go and donate at the ALS. That would help people more. Happy #icebucketing & #donating!!

PS : All opinions expressed are my personal and I do not force anyone to agree or disagree with me.

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