ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: The Origins and Spread

Nowadays the world’s quite busy with a game called the “Ice Bucket Challenge”, basically, it involves dumping a bucket of ice water on one’s head and challenging others to do the same. Then the one who’s challenged can challenge others, and the story goes on…

So where does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge come from?

It is known that for a year or so, people are raising awareness and money through different sorts of “cold water challenges”, which usually involves a choice between jumping into cold water and donating to charity. The charity work may be various, donating to a cancer society or any association related to a contagious disease.

But on July 15, 2014, a golfer, Chris Kennedy, challenged his cousin, Jeanette Senerchia whose husband has had ALS for a long while. On the same days, a college basketball player from Boston, Pete Frates (also diagnosed ALS) was posting about the ice bucket challenge and his words were taken seriously since he was a well-known figure in the ALS community. Thus the shift of the game switched to ALS in a shortwhile. [1]

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or the “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” is a neurodegenerative disease which directly affects the communication between the brain and the muscles. Basically, there are motor neurons which transmit the information produced by the brain to the muscles, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis causes those motor neurons to die, resulting in death or total paralysis, due to the loss of controlled muscle movement. [2]

Different Versions of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Technically there are two versions of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In one of them, the one who’s challenged (I want to call this one ‘challengee’ but there’s no such word…) has to make a choice between donating money or taking the challenge. In the other version (which is both fun, and useful), the one who takes the challenge both dumps the icebucket on his/her head and donates to the ALS community. It should be noted, however, that the first version received criticism for skipping the actual cause, the donation part. [1]

So ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is more or less what I mentioned above, to see how much it is wide-spread, I have collected some videos in different languages, including some celebrities. Please take a look below.


1. Chinese – Jane Zhang

Chine pop star Jane Zhang (Zhang Liangying) a.k.a. “The Dolphin Princess” became famous in a singing competition in China in 2005 and she’s beeing carrying out her music career since then. She partakes in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in her mother tongue.




2. Swedish – Gustav Fridolin

An MP of the Green Party in the Swedish Parliament, a journalist, an author and a teacher, Gustav Fridolin participates in the Ice Bucket Challenge, too.




3. Georgian – Salome Makharadze 

Georgian politician Salome Makharadze raises awareness in ALS, too.




4. Persian – Amir Afjar

The Iranian dancepop singer, Amir Afjar, who has received a vast amount of attention thanks to his cool songs Tahe Khat and Mimiram Barat does the challenge, too, with the help of a friend.




5. Spanish – Thalia

The famous pop singer, composer and actress, Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda, or shortly Thalia could be easily remembered for her tv shows like Rosalinda, Maria Mercedes or Marimar. The ever beautiful actress dumps the ice bucket on her head without hesitation.






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