Ice Bucket Challenge rules and origin

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the world by storm and even celebrities are taking part, it is as simple as getting a bucket of icy cold water and tipping the lot over your head. If you do not do the challenge you have to donate money to the ALS Association, this is a viral phenomenon.

Everywhere you look in the social media world such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many more are showing clips of people dumping cold water over their heads.

Rules of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge are simple, go grab a bucket of Icy cold water and before you pour it over your head nominate 3 people, those that you have nominated have with 24 hours to complete their challenge or they have to donate money to the charity.

It was all put together to spread (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) ALS awareness across the United States, but it has grown popular around the world. The #IceBucketChallenge is a phenomenon that is now global.

There is no clear evidence of its origins and connection with ALS, but the Ice Bucket Challenge started of with a golfer called Chris Kennedy after being nominated by friend Jon Bullas. The challenge had nothing to do with any charity when this started, but people who took part could choose their own charity.

Kennedy’s friend started by choosing a charity that helps a young kid with cancer in the area, Kennedy chose ALS after learning one of his relatives suffered with the disease, he then went on to nominate his wife’s cousin Jeanette Senerchia whose husband suffers with ALS – This is said to be the origins of ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Thousands have completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, then stars started to get in on the act such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Ronaldo, Justin Bieber, Ethel Kennedy, LeBron James, and so many more, the list is long – Just visit this YouTube page to watch them. The likes of President Barack Obama declined to take part, but did donate $100 to the ALS charity.

There were a few versions of the Ice Bucket Challenge, participants had to donate $10 if they poured the icy water over their heads, but if they didn’t they had to donate $100. Another version is not paying any donation if you complete the challenge, which we believe is the wrong way.

One man has beaten all others when it comes to the most YouTube views for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Yes, Bill Gates beats all with 8,455,300 views 4 days ago.

As of today August 19, 2014 a massive $22.9 million in donations have been made, when you compare this to the $1.9 million during the same time period last year is a massive difference. This proves the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has made a huge difference in raising awareness and donations – WELL DONE ALL that took part and donated.

Have you taken part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge yet?

Ice Bucket Challenge rules and origin