ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
I have been holding my tongue a bit before stating my opinions about these two topics. I wanted to make sure to have my facts in order. So here I go...
Multiple friends of mine and others on the internet have partaken in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This particular challenge states that you dump (or have someone dump) a bucket, large bowl, any container filled with ice and ice cold water on your head. The "consequence" for not accepting the challenge within 24 hours, donate $100 to an ALS organization.
For those that do not know, ALS (shortened for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. As ALS progresses in someone's body, in can result in complete paralyzation of the body and worse case scenario, death.
I can only base my judgement off from what I see. A lot of the people accepting/participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge seem to be having fun. I am all for people being happy, and enjoying themselves, however, this is not something to have fun about. In hindsight, anyone taking part of this Ice Bucket Challenge are avoiding donating $100 (or any amount of money) towards an ALS organization and finding a cure for the disease.
When people are questioned about their motives participating in this challenge, some have said that they actual donate to ALS organizations. If they are being honest, then I completely thank you all for donating. However, if you do donate, yet all you do is show the bucket of ice water being dumped on you, then what else do you expect people to judge you on? If this is going to be a successful and meaningful challenge, then challenge everyone participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to also show video proof that they are donating to support the disease and help find a cure.
I do not support this ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that is going on right now. I see it as more of a trend than anything. If you truly support ALS victims/patients and wanting to help, having a bucket of water filled with ice does not show your support. Actually donate to organizations such as ALS Association, Prize4Life, and Project A.L.S.
You know what... that is going to be my challenge. If you truly support the ALS disease and want to be beneficial, show proof by donating any amount of money. Whether it is $1 or $100, actual do support the cause and stop making it/following a "trend" just to get likes/retweets on you social media accounts.
Love & Coffee Beans!