or should I call it the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, because the whole thing was started to raise awareness for ALS _ MND as it's also known. As I am sure you are aware by now someone nominated a friend to tip a bucket of ICED water over their head with a $10 dollar donation being made to the ALS charity fund; refusing to do the challenge they had to donate $100. While the money is a great way to raise funds, the whole idea when it was adopted by the rich and famous was to actually raise awareness to the disease. As someone that has a close friend who has a disease that is rarely shared, talked about, or has a high profile in the same way the big ones do, I think raising awareness is a really important thing.
everyday people got in on the act... other charities who are unable to think of their own ways to fund raise started getting people to do the challenge for their charity instead, and I think now you'll find 50% of the people that are pouring water (not even iced water) over themselves haven't actually got a clue why they are doing it. I asked 12 friends that have done it why?. Of those 12 only ONE said it was for ALS. 7 said "because I was nominated" and had no clue that they were meant to be raising awareness for an illness, or that they were meant to be making a donation, while the other 4 told me it was for McMillan cancer nurses (don't even get me started on what I thought of this vile group of individuals before they hijacked this for their own ends; what I think of them now they have hijacked the ice bucket is actually unprintable). That is one charity that will NEVER receive a penny from me.
This is why I have refused to take part in the challenge, and why I have been advised not to put my feelings on the subject onto fb - can you imagine how long I would get banned this time after my rant about breast cancer the other week?.
Several people have refused to donate to the ALS charity on the basis it tests on animals - yet I bet they use persil washing powder, loreal products or eat mars bars. In fact a list of companies that still test on animals can be found HERE Kind of negates their argument, and while I believe animal testing in this day and age is unnecessary, without it in the past many of us would now be dead, or would have a lot less family members still walking around. We now have the technology to NOT test on them but in order to refuse to donate, they need to make sure they are not using any of these products.
But I digress; I came here to explain why I wasn't taking part in the challenge after I was nominated, not to get into a debate on animal testing - I'll get into that at a later date. Aside from the reasons above, the other reason I have refused to take part is because of this whole culture that is appearing where people are nominated to do something, or told to share something via social media, is tantamount to bullying and any form of bullying needs to be stopped and stamped out. When did it become acceptable to tell someone they have 24 hours to do as you've told them, or they'll have to pay out money? That's like being back at school and being told you have to take in a cheese sandwich for someone the next day or you're going to get beat up. Do the challenge yourself, explaining why, and then ask "are any of my friends as mad as me?" or something similar; give your friends the option to choose to do it without intimidating them into it. If they choose not to do it, don't keep tagging them with comments like "we're waiting". I've even seen a friend tagged in someone else's status because they hadn't got round to doing it yet. That is disgusting. Posting it on the wall of the person who is refusing is bad enough, but to share their name on your own fb status is beyond reproach. Humiliating someone into it is the same as bullying them into it. In fact don't even ask your friends if they're brave enough. Pour your water and then explain why; that way if your friends think it's a great idea or want to do it they can do it in their own way. I think you'd find far more people would be willing to take part that way; in fact even I would have taken part that way, because it would have been MY choice.