Controversy Growing Over ALS Ice Bucket Awareness Challenge, Is It a Good Thing?

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By William Tauro

You’ve been seeing it happen all across social media non stop and going viral.

The controversy continues to grow over the popular #IceBucketChallenge on whether it’s a good thing or just a new trendy way to exhibit yourself on Facebook.

If the Ice-bucket challenge wasn’t going out there right now, would ALS be in

any of your minds at all?

Seriously, when was the last time that anyone even spoke about ALS to you or to the millions of people that are sharing it today, right now on social media?

Not everyone will take your challenge and do it, but many will take it and dump the ice water and pass it on.

It’s mainly designed to do just that, to promote ALS awareness that would otherwise normally go unnoticed to most us and then pass is along to educate others.

In the long run its a win, win situation for ALS patients and families.

If this ice cold, bone chilling, wet challenge wasn’t going on as we speak, who really would even be thinking about ALS during the heart of the summer vacation season other than the ALS family’s and ALS patients?

Your raising your own ALS awareness by reading about it right now in this article because of the ice buckets, so its working.

Hopefully instead of criticizing everyone’s efforts, if you don’t take-on an ice bucket challenge, instead you’ll write a check to ALS and help the cause? It’s as simple as that!

It’s all good and its good people having some fun while raising awareness to help a good cause like ALS!

So when you get a chance, raise that ice water bucket real high and take the plunge!

14 thoughts on “Controversy Growing Over ALS Ice Bucket Awareness Challenge, Is It a Good Thing?”

  1. wow massive water wastage. there are many other BETTER ways of raising awareness instead of blindly following whats going on viral on facebook. I wont be surprised to know half the people taking up the challenge are doing it because they think its cool. Might as well create a new “slap yourself” challenge to raise awareness. Thats funny and doesnt waste any water and would achieve the same so-called awareness that this ridiculous idea is getting.

  2. Maybe I just don’t get it.
    For all the time and effort it takes to post nothing more than an
    exaggerated, repetitive, boring, self indulgent visual of people dumping a bucket of water over their collective heads, wouldn’t it be more significant to actually make a cash donation for ALS?
    I know its not as much fun, but which are we really more interested in…ALS, or…fun?

  3. Maybe you should look up the ALS foundation and do a little reading. Just over 20% of the donations made to them are donated to other ALS charities. The rest of the money goes to paying their staff, with over 70% going to the executives, and the rest is turned into profit. They are not a charity, nor a non-profit organisation. Hate to say it, but those who have donated have been conned.

  4. Note: a correction to my previous post.

    Administration costs is basically executive pay, and patient and public education/services main costs are paying their staff to carry out these tasks.

    Problem is, people are donating for research. And that’s not where the money is going.

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