Although nominated, I didn’t participate in the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, as promoted by the ALS Association. I had a few reasons, but first and foremost, I’m just not a follower. I didn’t like that it turned into the social media frenzy of people just dumping ice water on their heads to raise awareness – with no information on the disease or how to prevent it as it spread – I honestly felt like some people may have enjoyed their moment in the limelight without much if any thought to ALS or a donation – I’m not saying everyone who participated did this – but you and I both know there is truth in that – even though most of you won’t say it – I will. And yes, the run-on-sentence is intentional.
So all these people who are taking the Challenge, had no incentive to donate to the cause. The ALS website states,
“People can either accept the challenge or make a donation to an ALS Charity of their choice, or do both.”
I will admit that I heard some people instruct their nominations to take the Challenge within 24 hours and donate $10, or else donate $100. I was dealing with an ill family member, and no way could I participate in the allotted time period, so should I shamed into having to donate $100? What about those who don’t have $10 to donate? Then, they are shamed for only doing the Challenge….What’s worse, I saw comments made by Challengers asking why their nominees hadn’t done as instructed. Really? Is the Challenge about shaming everyone to participate and donate to ALS? (more…)