Saturday, August 16, 2014

Photo Says It All

The latest craze on Facebook. It took me a couple of days to figure out exactly what was going on.

Apparently, one person challenges another to donate money to a charity OR have a bucket of ice and water dumped over the head.

It is supposed to raise awareness of ALS*, though on none of the posts I've seen so far does anyone say what ALS is.

And most of the posts indicate that any charity at all is okay.

So, if I'm reading this all accurately, many, many people are publicizing the fact that they would prefer to have a bucket of ice and water dumped over their heads than to donate money to a charity.

Sheesh.



*Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a horrible illness that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal column, incurable and progressive, leading to total and complete paralysis and death, within 2-5 years of diagnosis.

11 comments:

Barbara Anne said...

Huh??? Is that nuts, or what? IMNSHO, it's our responsibility and honor to give of our plenty to those in need, to care for their planet and water supply, and to wage peace so they can grow food.

Hugs!

Lori said...

I was initially puzzled as well, but they are raising ALOT more money for ALS with this challenge. Jim Garner from Action news did it last night and challenged several of his co workers but they changed the rules and are DONATING as well as doing the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I believe that any challenge to raise awareness and funding is a good thing; but this current one leaves me cold. I, too, have been shaking my head over why one would rather do this, publicly, than make a donation in the first place. I've got better things to do with my time, water and ice; and I don't feel the need to humiliate myself but would rather support the charities of my choice and model that behavior instead.

Pat said...

I am not sure what posts you are seeing, but the ones I am seeing show the ice-ee talking about ALS. They also make a donation. It may seem like a silly craze, but I am happy to see it. Many of us who are of a certain age know ALS as Lou Gehrig's Disease, but that name has gone by the boards; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is now better known as ALS. The Phillies do a huge fundraiser each year to raise money for this cause. One of my husband's friends passed away from ALS a few years ago. It is a terrible, insidious, heartbreaking way to go. Anything that will raise awareness, and, in turn, raise support for research, is OK in my book,.

Karendianne said...

Glad for the post, Nancy.

LizA. said...

Most of the public figures are actually doing both --they are challenging others AND donating. Apparently it has done a tremendous amount of good for ALS. Their normal donations for the month are usually around $20,000 and this months it is several million.

Quiltdivajulie said...

One of my co- workers lost two (!!) immediate family members to ALS in the past year. Horrible, heart-wrenching ... I have not seen/read any of these ice water stunts/posts, but awareness and funding are priceless (not only for ALS, but for many great needs).

howdidIgethere said...

That "choice" of being doused OR donating seemed odd to me too, but I haven't followed it very closely. Thanks to your commenters for making it clearer for me, without my having to ... you know... DO something to find out!

My uncle died of ALS not-too-many years ago. It is, as Pat said, a terrible way to go -- and horrible for family and others around, also. Glad to see that there's a push for awareness and research funds.

cityquilter grace said...

that was my interpretation as well....

julieQ said...

My mom died from this. I am very glad to see an amazingly successful campaign undertaken. The ice and water are not important, the research and maybe a cure is. Maybe another little girl will have a mother, unlike me who was orphaned. Just my humble opinion, and isn't it nice that we can all have our own?

desertskyquilts said...

The people I've seen (friends who sent me videos) all donated to the ALS charity AND did the ice challenge, as well. Most did it with several others, and one little girl only used a large cup of water, no ice. I wouldn't do it in the Sonora Desert or drought of California, but here in TN, and most areas of the south, we are suffering an over-abundance of water the last couple of years, even having to release some from reservoirs. Sadly, there doesn't seem to be an efficient, cost-effective way to share that abundance. It is a silly thing, you're right about that.