Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a terrible disease which causes one to have lack of control over their body; the disease can eventually lead to death. Having ALS isn't anyone’s cup of tea and makes hell seem like a better option. Fortunately, the ice bucket challenge has raised millions from celebrities and every other John Doe. Whoever is nominated is required to empty a bucket of ice water over themselves (yes, willingly!), and thereafter donate and nominate. Regarding the nominating aspect it is vastly viral, especially amongst teenagers.
Now, since this charitable act is so infamous, why am I still promoting it? Well, I'm not. Although the ice bucket challenge raises awareness of a life taking disease – water should not be wasted in the process.
1.1 BILLION PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER
Despite the fact it is for a good cause, we should not be taking water for granted. Let’s stop being naïve and face the fact that not everyone’s life is a fairytale. Not everyone’s rainbow has a pot of gold.
Another problem apart from a waste of water is that plenty of people are only videoing themselves getting soaked, solely for attention on social media. Are your instagram followers more valuable than paying money to charity? How do close your eyes peacefully each night, knowing that you’re simply deceiving everyone – and letting down sufferers of ALS, desperately in need of your aid.
Even if you are a callous, self-centred person with a heart made of ice (pun not intended), think of yourself. Reports reiterate that sudden exposure to extreme cold can be detrimental to your health. Possibly, you could suffer of hypothermia, frostbite, or shock- this is significant for people with breathing problems like asthma.
Essentially, your nomination could do more harm than it can do well. All I'm asking is for you to think, before you act…