ALS Water Bucket Challenge

by kmaradiaga1

The ALS water bucket challenge has been everywhere on all forms of social media. The challenge was created to bring awareness to the ALS disease better known as Lou Gehrig’s. It consists of donation $100 or dumping a bucket of ice water over you to simulate the feel of the disease and only donate $10. Now because of this challenge many across the united States and other countries have donated a significant amount of money to the cause. However, there are differing views on whether the challenge is a good idea or whether it is plain stupid. Forbes published an article countering those who viewed the challenge as something stupid by stating reasons such like it encourages people to donate to charities, it raises money for ALS, and that it is raising enough money to matter. Others who oppose the challenge believe it is childish and dumping water on your head does nothing for the cause, and point out many of those who do the challenge do not donate the $10 that goes along with it.

Personally I think it is great that ALS is getting exposure and have received many donations but I do think it was approached in a silly matter. I understand that because it’s a trend many will want to do it and have donated because of it but that’s just it. It is a TREND. It saddens me that people cannot just willingly donate some part of their money to a charity like this any more time except only when it gets them as an individual exposure. Also, I’m big on environment and dumping a nonrenewable resource like water over your head just really upsets me because there are people dying from lack of access to water and here we are wasting it. Why not donate to those charities? IT;s a strange thing what has occurred here because now many charities will try and copy this method of a trend in order to increase their donations but I don’t think that’s how it should work. I wish more people just donated out of the goodness of their hearts than to just do a stupid challenge.