Windsor's staff sergeant cools off with ice bucket challenge

Ashley Thompson
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Funds raised for ALS and New Boundaries

Adam Carey inches closer to a seated Windsor RCMP Staff Sgt. Dan Austin with a bucket full of icy water in hand.

“I’ve been waiting for this,” quips Carey, eyeballing the top of Austin’s head.

At the count of three, Carey empties the bucket on Austin.

“That’s not warm!” shouts Austin, water dripping down his face.

Carey, a client at the New Boundaries vocational facility on Centennial Drive, nominated Austin for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Austin, a former board member with New Boundaries, accepted and even sweetened the deal.

The uniformed officer agreed to have cold water dumped over his head every time someone donated $20 — $10 for ALS Canada and $10 for the programs at New Boundaries.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a deadly neuromuscular disorder that attacks nerves cells and paralyzes voluntary muscles. ALS Canada funds research related to the disease, raises awareness of ALS and supports care programs.

“I think it’s a wonderful way to bring recognition to two great causes. ALS is a terrible disease and we’re raising money to help find a cure,” said Austin, minutes before his first soaking. “And New Boundaries holds a special place with the RCMP and if we can help raise some funds for them as well, why not?”

It was Austin’s first attempt at the challenge that went viral via social media.

“It’s only a little bit of water and some ice and, at the end of the day, I can go home and dry out,” said Austin.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than $10 million for ALS Canada.

New Boundaries client George MacDonald also completed the challenge, and took a turn drenching Austin.

“It felt nice. It’s not very often you can do that to a Mountie,” he laughed.

He insists it was nothing personal, just a lot of fun.

“It cools you off.”

MacDonald was happy to do something to help New Boundaries, a non-profit organization, continue to serve adults with diverse abilities.

“Everybody is happy here,” he said. “We’re just one big family here and get along great.”

 

Organizations: ALS Canada, RCMP

Geographic location: Austin, New Boundaries, Canada

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