It was only a matter of time before the #IceBucketChallenge found its way to us and yesterday was D-Day.
My co-host, Susan Wong, and producer extraordinaire, Fareed Khimani, were nominated by Ben Kelliher from Tribe Water Sports, Watamu, and as the challenge goes, we had to make it happen within 24 hours.For those who aren’t familiar with the origins of the challenge, it was created by the ALS Association.
ALS, which stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the nerve cells in your brain and spinal chord. In time, those diagnosed with the disease will end up losing control of movements and may eventually be paralyzed so in an effort to raise awareness and funds for research, they came up with the challenge. If you’re interested in learning more about this or donating to their cause, you can check out the ALS Association website.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral with many celebrities taking part including Bill Gates, Justin Beiber and the ever controversial Charlie Sheen who, instead of pouring ice cold water, went for $10,000 instead which he donated to the ALS Association. According to the ALS website, “as of Thursday, August 21, The ALS Association has received $41.8 million in donations compared to $2.1 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 21)”
Susan and Fareed each nominated three people and if you want to find out who the lucky folks are, watch the video below.