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.