The challenge is the brainchild of Boston College baseball player, Pete Frates, who now suffers from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) otherwise known as Motor Neurone Disease and is in aid of raising funds for the charity. The challenge is just as it says on the tin: pour a bucket of ice over your own head. Simples! Then nominate someone else to do it.
If this challenge proves too much for your dainty person, then a monetary donation (of $100/£100 to ALS) can bail you out, however, most people do the challenge and give a donation (of $10/£10) it is for charity after all.
So, initially, the challenge was accepted by Pete's Boston team mates, followed by the Red Sox team (which he was tipped to play for), however, more recently Justin Timberlake, Bill Gates, and Oprah Winfrey took the icey buckets onto their barnets'. By all accounts, Barak Obama has also been nominated, but politely declined, offering the monetary donation instead.
Having watched some pretty extreme ice buckets from the warm comfort of my living room, I relaxed in the knowledge that I had some time before my name was thrown in the hat, as it hadn't seemed to have reached UK soil....then I noticed Darren Fletcher of Manchester United fame and Paul Scholes had stepped up to the drenching...oh-oh!
So, if you want to nominate me, I'll be....er....somewhere else...where there's no internet connection...or phone line...so, er... Who do I make the cheque payable to?...
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