Murray Human Services’ Philip Evans was overwhelmed by the support for Friday's ice bucket challenge.TRENT HORNEMAN September 1, 2014 3:44am
‘‘The community of Echuca-Moama never ceases to amaze me.’’
Murray Human Services’ Philip Evans was almost, but not quite, lost for words after 125 $100-buckets of ice water were poured over residents on Friday.
Mr Evans was stunned with the response after announcing his plan for the community to host a group ice bucket challenge, to raise money and awareness of motor neurone disease, just 10 days earlier.
People from all walks of life took on the challenge, which was been a viral internet sensation since it started with American athletes.
Several hundred people packed Echuca Primary School’s oval for the challenge on Friday.
Among the crowd of challengers were school teachers, business leaders, athletes and residents who had family or friends touched by the disease.
Mr Evans said he had not anticipated the challenge would have raised so much money for motor neurone disease research.
‘‘When I first floated the idea of the challenge, I thought maybe 50 buckets would have pulled us up, but to have this response is just incredible,’’ he said.
‘‘As well as having as all sorts of people involved, it was good to have some of our clients at Murray Human Services take part in the challenge.
‘‘We are a not-for-profit organisation who can often have its hand out asking for money, well this is one way that we can give something back.’’
As well as the support of those taking on the challenge, he received support from businesses including Bunnings, Rich River Ice and Coolabah Turf, who donated items to help the challenge.
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