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Ice bucket challenge goes out

An ice bucket challenge at Echuca Primary School will raise funds for motor neurone disease.

TRENT HORNEMAN August 29, 2014 3:04am

Ice bucket challengers (from back left) Debbie Whitehead, Rick Phyland, Andrew McIntosh, Stephen Schintler; (front) Will Monahan and Phillip Evans.

Echuca’s Philip Evans is hoping buckets full of ice water will turn into buckets full of cash for charity this afternoon.

The fundraising effort is part of the viral internet sensation, the Ice Bucket Challenge, which is raising money and awareness of motor neurone disease.

In his role of Murray Human Services marketing and community inclusion manager, Mr Evans has seen the opportunity for clients and supported employees of MHS to take part in the challenge alongside business, community, sporting and school leaders.

Mr Evans is hoping to fill and tip about 60 buckets of ice water at Echuca Primary School this afternoon.

Since launching his plan for a group fundraiser last week, Mr Evans said he was blown away with the response of the Echuca-Moama community.

While the sight of people being doused with ice cold water will make for good entertainment, at $100 a bucket for charity it is also a good money spinner.

Mr Evans said football clubs, schools and businesses were right behind the cause.

‘‘All of the schools are jumping on board, we have footballers from local clubs and businesses who are taking on the challenge,’’ he said.

Mr Evans said the support had even extended to Bunnings Warehouse who donated the buckets for the challenge, Rich River Ice who supplied the ice and Coolabah Turf who offered up a large tank for water buckets to be filled.

The challenge is on at 1.30pm today.

It is not too late to take the plunge, to buy a bucket call Philip Evans on 0428 177 418.

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