It’s gone viral, the bucket test is now raking new youtube videos. The “ice bucket challenge” started after an American named Pete Frates, a former college athlete, posted a video on Facebook calling on his friends to douse themselves with cold water to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating neurodegenerative condition also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Over the weekend we saw Elon Musk and his kids take the challenge, and now, many time zones and seas away, it’s kicking into action in China too. China’s Tech CEOs are also taking the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ including Victor Koo, a co-founder of video-sharing site Youku.com, and Pete Lau, founder of device-maker OnePlus One.
As of Aug. 16, the campaign had raised more than $10 million for the ALS Association, including pledges from 220,255 first-time donors. The charity’s chief executive, Barbara Newhouse, said in a statement: “The money and the awareness generated through this effort are truly game-changers in the fight against this disease.”
So my quest to all Africans, what are we doing to support the research and fight for a cure to Ebola? Just pointing fingers at someone?