Echuca-Moama and district residents are being urged to take up an ice bucket challenge and raise money for research into motor neurone disease.TRENT HORNEMAN August 22, 2014 3:04am
It is the ‘cool’ new craze sweeping the world and next week it will make a splash in Echuca-Moama.
Murray Human Services’ Phillip Evans has called on groups, businesses and individuals in the region to ‘buy a bucket’ for an ice bucket challenge.
The challenge, to have a bucket of ice water poured over your head, is a viral sensation, which aims to raise money and awareness for motor neurone disease.
Mr Evans said he was inspired to get involved with the charitable cause after watching former Essendon footballer Neale Daniher talk about his battle with the disease on television.
The interview struck a chord with Mr Evans, who has watched his own father battle the debilitating disease, for which there is no known cure, for the past five years.
‘‘I watched the Daniher interview with my children. I explained to them that this is what will happen to pop,’’ he said.
‘‘To many though, not a lot is known about motor neurone disease. It is a silent killer.’’
Mr Evans volunteered to cop a bucket this week to help raise awareness of the challenge.
He is encouraging people to buy a bucket for $100 and nominate who they wanted to use it on.
Echuca College was the latest group to throw its weight behind the cause and Mr Evans was confident he would hear from plenty of other groups and businesses.
‘‘It doesn’t have to be an individual thing,’’ he said.
‘‘It could be a business who nominate their boss for the bucket, a school group, a sporting club, anyone and everyone.’’
The challenge is on Friday at Echuca Primary School’s oval, starting at 1.30pm.
To buy a bucket, visit www.murrayhumanservices.org.au/ice-bucket-challenge which has a PayPal account attached.
Mr Evans said people wanting to help or buy a bucket could call him on 0428
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