Remember how the Ice Bucket Challenge went so crazy over the past few years? You may want to hold off on pouring that ice bucket for a minute. In 2018, the social-crazed wet t-shirt ice bucket challenge has helped raise $61.8 million compared to $12.1 million during the same time period the year before, according to the ALS Association.
Donations were pouring in from 739,275 new donors and current donors from around the U.S. That’s great right? Of course, it is. I don’t see any wrong with raising awareness of any disease—especially when it can save someone’s life.
So just in case you’re reading this and you still don’t understand the challenge—hear me clearly. The Ice Bucket Challenge is part of a fundraising campaign to help raise money for ALS Research (this disease is also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).
One is supposed to donate money to the ‘cause’ and challenge someone else. If that person decides not to donate—then that’s when an ice bucket of water is poured on you. So the very concept of just pouring water over your head to state you’re aware of ALS is not the sole cause of this campaign.
Others are doing both—donating and pouring water over themselves. The good thing about it is, whatever people are deciding to do, the primary goal has been accomplished—making people aware of ALS. Maybe I’m just getting a bit shy of crazy but what’s the problem?
Well, first off, there is a lot of confusion about the campaign’s originality. The Ice Bucket Challenge actually started with pro athletes. It was a game that they used to challenge a player to donate to their favorite charity or pour huge buckets of water over themselves (as a punishment for not donating). It didn’t matter which charity, all charities were included.
After spreading through social media, celebrities, and other public figures, the ALS Association made it part of their campaign. Smart marketing choice. Can’t get mad over that. However…there may be some remorse… just imagine how much money other charities would have if people knew the Ice Bucket Challenge is not just for the ALS charity.
Next up, we have the moral issues where Christians and other pro-life believers disagree on ALS research. What most people don’t know is that ALS Researchers uses human embryonic stem cells which are derived from fertilized embryos less than a week old. It raises hundreds of ethical questions as these cells have the ability to form a complete organ (i.e. human).
Currently, ALS is funding one study using the stem cell line of human embryos which was funded by one donor. The stem cell line (embryo) was “killed” about 6 to 8 years ago but this stem cell line was originally donated from one donor. So where did these or ‘that’ embryo come from? Are these leftover embryos from in vitro fertilization? Hmm, not sure. Well, anyway. They also asked me for my phone number and get involved but I refused to give ‘m that. Get the point?
According to Saint John Paul II, all treatment that’s claiming to save human lives but is also destructing human life in the embryonic state is morally and logically contradictory. Additionally, the production of any human embryos for the indirect or direct purpose of destruction or experimentation is morally contradictory as well.
Lastly, the water drought! Yep, you should’ve known this was coming. California is dried up and much of Los Angeles is under mandatory water conservation ordinance. Jason Ruiz who writes for the Long Beach Posts actually calculated that nearly 19,000 homes of daily water usage have been wasted. Not to mention the memes floating across social media showing children in Africa who barely have any water at all.
But why does it always have to be children in Africa though? There’re children in Europe, Asia, and India that need water too. So there you have it. The ALS #icebucketchallenge has definitely raised awareness and money for their charity. I’ll be honest and just keep running for my virtual 10-mile recap to stay in shape (whatever that may mean…).
How much water is being wasted, how they are researching it, or how they came up with the concept are just a few of the many controversies that may arise as this ‘social trend’ continues. I will agree that it is for a good cause and I hope ALS and many other charities continue to get the money and support that they need.