What are your thoughts on the rash of mishaps surrounding the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a pop sensation, and has raised public awareness for the disease (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and increased donations for ALS research. It has also taken the life of a Scottish teen (shock and drowning), and also killed a 40-year old New Zealand man (heart attack). Additionally, two KY firefighters were electrocuted (and hospitalized) when their fire truck ladder was struck by an electrical arc during an Ice Bucket Challenge student fundraising event. What are your thoughts on these mishaps, and do good intentions justify the dangers?
My thoughts on raising awareness for ALS is great, the challenge not so much (though I won't pollute this question with them). I think a lot of the injuries boil down to a lack of common sense and disregard for health and safety. The excitement of getting five minutes of internet fame seems to make people disregard their own health and safety, and the basic knowledge that water can indeed harm and kill.
I'd like it on record though that I don't think these people deserve what has come to them, my thoughts go to the injured, deceased and their families. What needs to change is the way awareness is raised so that it's less harmful. The ice bucket challenge has unfortunately become a fad more than anything, and now that people know what ALS is, it'd be great if we moved onto something else to *further* encourage donations.
It certainly raised questions in my mind when I saw people accepting and performing this challenge, and it didn't raise my awareness one iota, because I didn't even know that the intention was to raise awareness of ALS - I only knew it was "for charity", and I was wondering how a bucket of iced water over your head actually related to charitable giving. I was certainly a bit concerned about the after-effects of cold shock on 50-year-olds taking the challenge.
I couldn't believe my eyes, that grown men would take up such an idiotic challenge just because someone had nominated them, so they felt that they couldn't refuse.
I would much prefer people to do something more useful or effective to raise money for charity, like doing some kind of community service such as planting flowers round street trees, or helping a neighbour in some way.
I suppose some would call me a kill-joy - it just depends on your outlook, doesn't it?
I've worked for several fundraising organizations and thought this was a novel approach that struck a chord in people. I hope everyone who posted a "dunk" also made a contribution. My only concern was a post showing a set of parents dunking their three-year-old. Poor judgment, folks.
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