SA celebs ‘iced’ for charity

2014-08-23 00:00

THE Ice Bucket Challenge that has taken the world by storm has spread to South African shores.

The challenge started by Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball captain and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patient, aims to raise awareness for motor neuron disease or ALS. The challenge entails recording yourself having icy cold water dumped over your head and posting the footage online. Once ‘ice-bucketed’, that person then nominates a new challenger who either accepts within 24 hours or donates money to the ALS Foundation.

Local and international hotshots have joined the frenzy, accepting the challenge and donating large amounts of money nonetheless.

Tom Cruise, David Beckham, Justin Bieber, Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Sheen are among the host of international celebrities who have embraced the challenge.

Here in South Africa, the likes of Poppy Ntshongwana, Gareth Cliff, Masego Maponyane, Jeanie D., Katlego Maboe and Joost van der Westhuizen have all taken to the challenge.

“I support any initiative that creates awareness for a good cause. It’s good to know that it has increased donations to the ALS Association. It’s not about us; it’s about the condition,” said ­­


“Motor Neurone Disease is a horrible disease that has felled, among others, our rugby hero, Joost van der Westhuizen. I was nominated by Maps Maponyane and Caspar Lee, and was happy to take part and make a donation,” said Cliff.

“It is always a good thing if a celebrity does something for a charity as it is bound to attract attention and raise awareness. We have already received donations because of the Ice Bucket Challenge,” said the Motor Neuron Disease Association of SA.

The co-founder of the Ice Bucket Challenge, Corey Griffin (27), died recently in a diving accident, hours after he raised approximately $100 000 (R1 071 400) for the charity.

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