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bluewolf12
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 7:02:34 AM

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after doing the ice bucket challange just wondered how many lush readers have done it and did you enjoy it, must admit i found it fun todo very refreshing
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Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:58:07 AM

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I think it is only good to do if people are actually donating money to ALS.....

I think people are doing it, but not donating, which I think is sad.

But this is my opinion.
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I think that Macmillan Cancer Support has shot itself in the foot over this one. With 800 million people in need of fresh clean water throughout the world, wasting water in this way just doesn't do it for me. Macmillan do a great job as a charity but this was a foolhardy idea. It was made even worse for me watching George W Bush rise to the challenge the other night and the previous news item showed thousands of refugees in Iraq on the run from ISIS with little food or water.

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Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 9:39:56 AM

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I think the concept of the challenge is a good idea. But people should bring more awareness to the challenge when they do it. Simply saying you're going to pour a bucket of ice cold water over your head for ALS, and who you nominate isn't bringing awareness to the cause. Too many people are doing it now as a fad and not for the true reason. I wonder how many people actually donating money to said cause, or simply getting their 45 seconds of fame making a video of themselves doing said challenge.

Just my two cents. My 2 cents

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Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:08:57 AM

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Everyone has already seen me in a wet-t-shirt... so just go to alsa.org and donate! :-)







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Donated. I fear that what Poppet said is most likely true, that people are now doing the challenge just to say they've done it, and aren't donating actual money for ALS research.

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Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:48:59 PM

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i skipped the ice bucket and just sent a check - the awareness that this has given ALS is priceless, but that said, yeah, the idea is to donate. if that's not happening, it's a bit of a fail.

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Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:59:16 PM

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Since the Ice Bucket challenge was started over $50 Million dollars has been raised, so I would say its a good bet that a lot of people are doing the ice bucket and donating
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Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:51:14 PM

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I think the ice bucket challenge is brilliant on many levels here are a few of my top ones:

1) This challenge has helped to generate nearly $80 million dollars worth of donations (versus $2.5 million the same time last year)

2) Donations this week top $65 million (three times more, since the start of the challenge in the beginning of August). It's predicted over $100 million will be raised by the time it's all said and done.

3) The funds have come from 1.7 million different donors

4) This viral sensation has changed the way various charities can fundraise. Now marketers and charities can connect with the public on a grand scale

5) The fact that people are doing it and not donating is moot point. It's increasing awareness of the disease itself, this challenge can be thanked for that.

6) Shows one person can make a difference by thinking out of the box. Giving hope to thousands around the world that live with this incurable condition.

http://time.com/3173833/als-ice-bucket-challenge-fundraising-total/

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/08/26/als-ice-bucket-challenge-donation-total-update-amount-of-money-raised-is-increasing-matt-damon-uses-toilet-water-video/


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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 9:25:12 AM

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I did it after my best friend nominated me. I also donated to The J9 (MND Association of South Africa) and to Cansa as my mom is fighting Bowel Cancer. Well worth the momentary discomfort to gain a little empathy!






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See, I just saw a bunch of celebs on TV doing it and then some people at a club I go to and I didn't even realise it was for charity. I thought it was like planking.

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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:40:12 AM

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My whole family did it as well as donating. We dumped the water over us while standing in a "baby pool" then used the water for wandering cats and dogs around the neighborhood.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:06:05 PM

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Dudealicious wrote:
I think the ice bucket challenge is brilliant on many levels here are a few of my top ones:

1) This challenge has helped to generate nearly $80 million dollars worth of donations (versus $2.5 million the same time last year)

2) Donations this week top $65 million (three times more, since the start of the challenge in the beginning of August). It's predicted over $100 million will be raised by the time it's all said and done.

3) The funds have come from 1.7 million different donors

4) This viral sensation has changed the way various charities can fundraise. Now marketers and charities can connect with the public on a grand scale

5) The fact that people are doing it and not donating is moot point. It's increasing awareness of the disease itself, this challenge can be thanked for that.

6) Shows one person can make a difference by thinking out of the box. Giving hope to thousands around the world that live with this incurable condition.

http://time.com/3173833/als-ice-bucket-challenge-fundraising-total/

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/08/26/als-ice-bucket-challenge-donation-total-update-amount-of-money-raised-is-increasing-matt-damon-uses-toilet-water-video/


Well stated. I had an aunt to pass from ALS. It's a cruel progressive neurodegenerative disease. Here's more information concerning the donations-to-date:

http://www.alsa.org/news/media/press-releases/ice-bucket-challenge-082514.html


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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:02:25 PM

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Something to think about:

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The key problem is funding cannibalism. That $3 million in donations doesn’t appear out of a vacuum. Because people on average are limited in how much they’re willing to donate to good causes, if someone donates $100 to the ALS Association, he or she will likely donate less to other charities.

This isn’t just speculation. Research from my own non-profit, which raises money for the most effective global poverty charities, has found that, for every $1 we raise, 50¢ would have been donated anyway. Giving What We Can fundraises for global poverty charities by encouraging people to pledge at least 10% of their income. For everyone who joins, we ask them to estimate what proportion they would have donated otherwise. Averaged among all our members, that amount is greater than 50% (or $150mn out of $300mn). Given our fundraising model, which asks for commitments much larger than the amount people typically donate, we have reason to think that this is a lower proportion than is typical for fundraising drives. So, because of the $3 million that the ALS Association has received, I’d bet that much more than $1.5 million has been lost by other charities.


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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:35:23 PM

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sprite wrote:
i skipped the ice bucket and just sent a check - the awareness that this has given ALS is priceless, but that said, yeah, the idea is to donate. if that's not happening, it's a bit of a fail.


This!

At first it was kind of fun but now its more a nuisance seeing some stupid you tube vid every day on the news. Just quietly donate whatever you can afford to ALS and leave getting wet to other more fun pursuits!
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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:46:11 PM

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Poppet wrote:
I think the concept of the challenge is a good idea. But people should bring more awareness to the challenge when they do it. Simply saying you're going to pour a bucket of ice cold water over your head for ALS, and who you nominate isn't bringing awareness to the cause. Too many people are doing it now as a fad and not for the true reason. I wonder how many people actually donating money to said cause, or simply getting their 45 seconds of fame making a video of themselves doing said challenge.

Just my two cents. My 2 cents


Of course it is. How can you say its not? How many of us who have either heard of someone or done it themselves, knew the foundation existed for this disease? I know I didn't. So raising awareness works. The figures don't lie. I see what you're saying, but the important thing to remember is awareness is more important than the donation. Without people knowing about it, there is no donation. Maybe there are some people doing it for the wrong reasons, but at the end of the day, it's still raisning that all important awareness. We are not talking about educating people about the disease, which I think is also important, but let's not confuse awareness and knowledge. icon_smile

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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:34:32 PM

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SydneySider wrote:


Of course it is. How can you say its not? How many of us who have either heard of someone or done it themselves, knew the foundation existed for this disease? I know I didn't. So raising awareness works. The figures don't lie. I see what you're saying, but the important thing to remember is awareness is more important than the donation. Without people knowing about it, there is no donation. Maybe there are some people doing it for the wrong reasons, but at the end of the day, it's still raisning that all important awareness. We are not talking about educating people about the disease, which I think is also important, but let's not confuse awareness and knowledge. icon_smile


But without the donation, does it really matter who knows about it? If we all know about it but no one donates to fund the research, what good is it? Its the chicken or the egg. Both are important!
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SydneySider wrote:
Of course it is. How can you say its not? How many of us who have either heard of someone or done it themselves, knew the foundation existed for this disease? I know I didn't. So raising awareness works. The figures don't lie. I see what you're saying, but the important thing to remember is awareness is more important than the donation. Without people knowing about it, there is no donation. Maybe there are some people doing it for the wrong reasons, but at the end of the day, it's still raisning that all important awareness. We are not talking about educating people about the disease, which I think is also important, but let's not confuse awareness and knowledge. icon_smile


I know a lot of people are doing it for the right reasons. The funds are proving that. But, I do believe far too many are doing it for the wrong reasons. And yes, people are doing the challenge, yes people are donating, but how many of them are actually researching what ALS even is. It's a toss up for me. I'm glad it is getting awareness, but I think too many are doing it for their 45 seconds of fame. But, I do agree with you to a point. As you did with me. :]

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Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:03:51 AM

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I don't normally like to join in with Facebook fads, but after watching a video explaining what als is, I did complete my challenge after being nominated. I'd never heard much about als, had no idea how awful it was, now I do, and have donated to a charity that I wouldn't ever have donated to otherwise.

There will always be those people who do it to look good, and people who do things for the wrong reasons, but the money raised must cancel them out!

My hubby did his last night after donating, in a freezing bath of ice!!! Lol

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Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:13:13 PM

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A lot of good points before all of this I had never heard of als or what it was about because of this challange I now know
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Posted: Monday, September 01, 2014 11:05:52 AM

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Why did they change the name change from Lou Gehrigs to ALS?

Currently living in a desert with night temps in the 90s and daytime 118, I would love to even be able to see what ice water looks like..
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Gardez wrote:
Why did they change the name change from Lou Gehrigs to ALS?

Currently living in a desert with night temps in the 90s and daytime 118, I would love to even be able to see what ice water looks like..



There was no 'official' name change. This link may help:

http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html


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I have done the Ice Bucket and also 2 polor Dunks. It's fun..and yes freezing cold..but it's for a good cause.
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