There is a phenomenon going on right now called the ALS Ice bucket challenge where people dunk a bucket of ice water on their head and challenge others to do the same.
To quote NY Daily New, “the “challenge” is simple: Donate $100 to the ALS Association or get iced on video — and then call out three or more people via social media to repeat the “donate or douse” process.” Some changed the $100 donation to $10 so it is more affordable for everyone.
This challenge may have started off with a good intention but it deviated to a point where this goal has been lost.
People claim that it raises awareness about ALS. My question to those who have done these challenges and to those who are thinking of doing these challenges is how are you personally helping those with ALS by dumping ice cold water on your head? And how are you teaching others about ALS with this challenge? Because none of these videos make any mention of ALS. If the goal of these challenges are to educate the general public, well you guys are not doing a very good job. ALS is a serious neurodegenerative disease and we should try to figure out a way to conquer this disease so I understand why donating to the ALS Association is a noble cause. But honestly how is this whole challenge even relevant?
Social media is a powerful tool. If you want to continue pouring water on yourself, be my guest, but at least mention the cause. Explain in your video why or how this is helping anyone? And if this cause is really important to you, donate some money, educate other so they can donate as well. Educate yourself and find other ways to help. And be modest, do good for yourself and not others.
When you want to pour ice on yourself because of ALS, just think whether your actions are really helping anyone.
If anyone of you have a different opinion, please tell me so I can understand the other side as well.