posted on Aug, 26 2014 @ 10:12 PM
This is for all those people who've been complaining about how much water is being wasted on the ALS fundraiser.
Matt Damon Does Ice Bucket Challenge With Toilet Water
For 800 Million Without Clean H2O
Matt Damon was conflicted when friends Jimmy Kimmel and Ben Affleck called on him to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge. The award-winning
actor wanted to help a good cause, but didn't want to waste clean water in the process.
So, he did what any good humanitarian would do: He used toilet water instead.
The ice bucket challenge, which calls on participants to donate toward research of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease) or
dump a bucket of ice water over their heads within 24 hours of being challenged, presented a dilemma for the Water.org co-founder. The nonprofit is
dedicated to providing clean drinking water and sanitation solutions to those in underserved regions of the world, so naturally, wasting even just one
bucket seemed unnecessary.
The ice bucket challenge has raised more than $88.5 million & counting for ALS. I think it is super amazing, a low profile disease that doesn't get
much attention, is getting lots of money.
I'm tired of hearing all the complaining people are doing about this "Think about those in Africa" & "No one is paying any real attention to ALS,
they are just doing it to be "cool". " To that I respond:
-People obviously don't care about people in Africa. Not meaning to be heartless, I'm just being honest. If people actually cared about people in
Africa, people wouldn't be suffering over there. They would have food & water.
-Even if only 10% of the people doing the challenge, actually look it up to see what ALS is, that's 10% more that didn't know before hand.
For people who have lost someone to ALS, this fundraiser is a very big deal to them.
This is so amazing, there is a cure to be found for sure and hope for those suffering this deadly disease. Thank you all so much for your out
pouring of support and money. It means so much to families like mine that have had loved ones ripped away from us (they are not lost, we did not
misplace them, they were ripped away from our loving arms and died in an agonizing slow death trapped in a useless body in front of us for months,
while we stood by watching them, helping them as best we could, crying, screaming and praying). I pray for a day in the near future that when someone
gets the diagnosis of ALS, that they are no longer brought to their knees in despair but are able to breathe a sigh of relief that there is hope and
that it is not a death sentence for them and their families. I am so proud of Canada and the US and other countries that are supporting us as well in
raising awareness and money to eradicate this disease.
This is what my cousin had to say recently about the fundraiser. She lost her father to ALS in a years time & it was very hard.
He went quickly but suffered greatly.
I hope the next time you want to complain about the ALS ice bucket challenge, you decide not to. It's raised lots of money & that is all that matters
to the families who have lost someone to the disease.