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One. Two. Cold.
Manitoba politicians are getting in on the action as part of the ALS ice bucket challenge.
Regional minister Shelly Glover was nominated by her daughter and a small crowd of supporters cheered her on in front of the Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre Sunday when two volunteers dumped a blue recycling bin about one-third full of icy water onto her head.
Glover posted the video on her Facebook page.
She then nominated three others, including Manitoba Conservative Senator Don Plett. Plett was at his family cottage in Buffalo Point, MB, but still rose to the chilly challenge. He tried to pretend he was mad at Glover for doing it to him.
"I will get you for this Shelly Glover," he said, before he nominated two fellow senators and CBC reporter Rosemary Barton.
The ALS Associaiton in the United States credits the creation of the ice bucket challenge to Pete Frates, a 29-year-old former college baseball player from Massachussetts who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. It became a viral social media sensation in July, as major politicians, celebrities and tech geniuses jumped into the game. Everyone from Bill Gates to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg posted videos of melted ice cubes being dumped on their heads. Recently NHL star and Winnipeg's own Jonathan Toews added a little pizazz by dumping a bucket on his head while wake surfing near his cottage in Clearwater Bay, Ont.
Once you're nominated, the challenge is to either donate $100 to ALS research or have a bucket of ice cold water dumped on your head. Many people are doing both however. Since July 29, ALS Associated in the United States has raised nearly $80 million, compared to $64 million in all of last year. The ALS Society of Canada has brought in more than $5.6 million. Initially their fundraising goal for the year was $100,000.
ALS - amytrophal lateral sclerosis - is a fatal progressive neurodegentive disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Between 2,500 and 3,000 Canadians over 18 are living with ALS right now.
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About Mia Rabson
Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.
Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.
She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.
Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.
Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.
In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.
She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.
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