When the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started to become popular, I was on holiday, and the craze passed me by, but upon my return to the country, I checked my Facebook and was mystified as to what was going on.
Why were all these people being nominated? Why are they doing this to themselves? What on earth is ALS?
I quickly had to learn the answer to all these questions however, as it wasn’t long before I had been nominated to take on the challenge myself.
A quick bit of googling showed that ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, and the challenge had succeeded in raising millions for research into the condition.
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Clearly this was a good cause, and not wanting to snub my nomination, I headed to the supermarket, bought a bag of ice, put it in a bucket, filled it up with water, headed into my garden and poured it all over my head while being filmed.
I can’t say it was an enjoyable experience. As you would expect, it was cold, wet and unpleasant. But I did it like a man and made my donation. And now I never have to do it again.