Posted on August 22, 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has developed from a mere fundraising campaign to an online sensation raising millions for ALS Association to research the Lou Gehrig's disease. Doha residents, too, are joining in this fundraising campaign. Thanks to host Kevin Waller MD of ILoveQatar who has introduced the Qatar ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Facebook page, recently. 

The group is scheduled to organise a mass ice-bucket drenching event with the aim of getting at least 100 people to take part at once. The event will take place at St Regis Hotel beach on Friday morning.  "I saw Khalifa al Haroon (CEO of ILQ) doing it and realised that this isn't just an Internet craze, but something real that the people of Qatar are genuinely interested in and want to be involved in," Waller said. 

The Ice Bucket Challenge, also known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving putting a bucket of ice water on one's head or donating to the ALS Association in the US. It went viral online during the Northern Hemisphere summer of 2014. The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation. The origins of the idea of dumping cold water on one's head to raise money for charity are unclear and have been attributed to multiple sources.

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"This is a great opportunity to bring people of different nationalities together for a common cause. And to create awareness and raise funds," Waller added. With just two days to go, Waller is hoping to involve as many people as possible, so as to raise enough money."A lot of people online have been giving $100 or more (much more for some celebrities) but for a community event, the important thing is that everyone should donate as per their convenience. I'll be happy with whatever we raise, and even happier with the additional exposure we've given to the ALS cause," Waller continued.

Countless celebrities have been part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Waller said,"I don't think ALS had received any media attention earlier, like it's receiving at the moment. If this hadn't been picked up by Hollywood and online celebrities it wouldn't have got as far as it did. Especially with celebrities challenging each other it keeps the audience hooked and waiting for more." Most people will not be aware of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as 'Lou Gehrig's Disease'. It is a life-threatening progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

So, if you too are hoping to be a part of the challenge, you can visit the Qatar ALS Ice Bucket Challenge page on Facebook and take on the challenge for a cause.

source: Qatar Tribune