The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been making its rounds on the Internet this summer, popping up on most social media sites as everyone from celebrities to your average Joe posts photos and videos of themselves getting drenched with a bucket of ice water.
This week, the challenge became much more localized.
The Windsor Fire Department took the plunge, with firefighter Caleb Matheson agreeing to get soaked for charity. He then challenged the rest of his department, as well as Hantsport firefighters, to do the same.
On Wednesday night, Aug. 20, Hantsport accepted that challenge. Now, they're throwing down the gauntlet and asking Wolfville and Brooklyn firefighters, plus the Hantsport Shamrocks intermediate men's baseball team, to brave the bucket of freezing water.
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“Hantsport accepted the ice bucket water challenge from the Windsor Fire Department because (it was) raising money for ALS research,” said Hantsport firefighter Misty Huntley, still slightly shivering after participating in the ice water challenge.
“We also wore our ball jerseys in respect for Lou Gehrig, who was also a ball player,” she noted.
The ice bucket challenge is intended to raise awareness of the deadly neuro-degenerative disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The rules behind the challenge are simple: the person or group that has been challenged has 24 hours to donate to ALS research or get doused.
Huntley said although the Hantsport firefighters participated in the challenge, they still paid their dues. To them, she said, raising money for the charity was what was important.
“It's one thing to go out and challenge people and do all that stuff, it's another thing to actually go and give the money, which is why we all donated,” said Huntley. “We want to make sure that people are aware that there is actually a disease out there, (called) ALS, and we want people to make sure that they're not only doing the ice bucket challenge but they're actually donating money.”
To learn more about the disease, or to donate, visit: www.als.ca.