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Local Residents of Sosua taking on the Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July–August 2014.[1][2] In the US, many people participate for the ALS Association, and in the UK, many people participate for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, although some individuals have opted to donate their money from the Ice Bucket Challenge to other organizations.

The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated participants have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.


Within 24 hours of being challenged, participants have to record a video of themselves in continuous footage. First, they are to announce their acceptance of the challenge followed by pouring ice into a bucket of water. Then, the bucket is to be lifted and poured over the participant’s head. Then the participant can call out a challenge to other people.

Whether people choose to donate, perform the challenge, or do both varies. In one version of the challenge, the participant is expected to donate $10 if they have poured the ice water over their head or donate $100 if they have not.[28] In another version, dumping the ice water over the participant’s head is done in lieu of any donation, which has led to some criticisms of the challenge being a form of “slacktivism”.[29] Individual videos have included the participant saying that they will be making a donation along with performing the challenge.

Now we also have participants in Sosúa for the challenge. In recent days, for example, regular visitors of Britannia Bar in the main street of Pedro Clisante had an ice bucket dumped over their heads. They nominated other visitors to do the same. So this can go on for a while in Pedro Clisante.

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