What’s all this with the ice bucket challenge? Is the world going mad, or is it just me? I was challenged yesterday, and I’m going to refuse, partly because I’ve already donated, and partly because, well, I don’t want ice poured all over me. I can’t really see the point.
Ok, so I understand all the reasoning about ice giving you the same numbing feeling that you get with ALS (or cerebellar ataxia, for that matter, which definitely needs research). And good for all the people who have accepted the challenge. But I’m with the Australian newsreader Lincoln Humphries on this one:
‘I nominate everyone everywhere has more than what they need to donate what they can to the people who need it most. Because that is what charity is about – not putting yourself through mild discomfort with a bucket of ice and water. Ice is for keeping produce fresh, beer cold, and your nipples hard. Deal with it.’
I gave my dosh to help research into cerebellar ataxia which, like ALS, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. My friend Bob Gurney, who died earlier this month, suffered from it for 10 years. He was taken away from his family and normal life piece by piece. The charity funding research into ataxia is tiny and if you would like to give them something, they are at http://www.ataxia.org.uk