A trio of top News blokes supported a top cause on Wednesday.SIONNIE KELLY August 29, 2014 4:26am
Icy cold: Ashleigh Williamson, Matthew Galea and Gregor Mactaggart were happy to do the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of MND Australia.
On Tuesday, The News called upon sports editor Gregor Mactaggart to do the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of MND Australia.
Motor neurone disease is a terminal neurological disease that leads to the progressive failure of the nerve cells controlling the functions that allow people to swallow, move and breath.
Gregor readily accepted the challenge and fellow News colleagues, sports journalist Matthew Galea and sub-editor Ashleigh Williamson, joined him.
Gregor said he hoped doing the challenge would create more awareness about motor neurone disease.
‘‘I think the sporting fraternity rallies around causes like this,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s pretty well known that Neale Daniher, the former Melbourne coach, has been struck down by MND.’’
Although he felt like he was caught between a rock and a hard place, Gregor said he was happy to support the cause.
‘‘As the new bloke around here, I couldn’t get out of it,’’ he said.
Fellow participant Ashleigh Williamson was so impressed Gregor was doing the challenge he could not wait to sign up.
‘‘We have played a small part in what has become a worldwide awareness campaign where famous people have shown their support,’’ he said.
‘‘And with our nominations of a couple of Goulburn Valley sports identities, hopefully they do the challenge and nominate more prominent people from the area to build strong support for the campaign locally.’’
Gregor’s nomination to do the Ice Bucket Challenge came at the perfect time for Matthew Galea, who was nominated to do the challenge by his younger cousin.
‘‘I saw the boys were doing it so I thought I may as well get involved with them,’’ he said.
‘‘Getting a bucket over the head wasn’t too bad.’’
Matthew was not even concerned about messing up his work clothes.
‘‘I think it probably made the video look a bit funnier we were in our work clothes,’’ he said.
‘‘I was prepared, I brought a change of clothes and a towel.’’
All three were keen to donate $10 each to the cause after completing the challenge.
They also made a few nominations of their own.
Gregor has nominated former News sports editor and current GVFL publicity officer Noel Hussey, AFL Goulburn Murray general manager Martin Gleeson and News sports journalist Oliver Caffrey.
Matthew has nominated Goulburn Valley Suns senior coach David Davkovski, the News’ Salvatore Pennisi and former News sports editor Marc McGowan.
Ashleigh has nominated McPherson Media Group chief executive Damian Trezise, News editor Jo Breen and News features writer Rhiannon Gavalakis.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is taking the Goulburn Valley by storm, with State Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell also agreeing to do the challenge today at the Queens Gardens in Wyndham Street at 4
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