Controversy begins: Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS_challengeNo doubt you have heard about the ALS ice bucket challenge fundraiser.  It’s gone very viral. Maclean’s magazine says the ALS Association has raised $70 million so far this year, compared to $2.5 million during last year’s campaign.

So far, I’ve seen this Macleans article:  Why the Ice Bucket Challenge is bad for you, and a newscaster saying it’s a waste of water and why not divert the donations to create clean water in poor countries.

My reason for writing this post is this:  It seems whenever anything or anyone gets ‘success’, it makes others want to throw darts at it. The more successful, the more vulnerable it is to being open to criticism and trying to discredit the success.

I’m not taking a stance on whether people should do the ice bucket challenge or not; that is for people to decide themselves.

I do think it’s OK to raise awareness or provide other points of view, but only if it is done from a place of respect and goodwill, not from a place of ego to prove who’s better or right or wrong.  Not just with this ALS campaign example, but sometimes I think people are expressing their own ego when they decide to speak up against something.

I encourage people to be mindful, and to be aware of their own motivations and actions. When you’re deciding who to donate to (or not), or challenge something that has gained success, check in with yourself first and see where it is coming from. Hopefully it’s not coming from a place of feeding the ego.

~Wendy

 

4 thoughts on “Controversy begins: Ice Bucket Challenge

  1. The ice bucket challenge has now raised almost $100 million. It has brought awareness to a truly horrible and debilitating disease to which I lost a dear uncle. My hope is that we as a society will continue to divert funds to organizations that strive to help others. I have seen a lot of ‘yeah, buts’ during this campaign. Like, yeah but what about other diseases? Yeah but they use embryonic stem cells in their research. Yeah but…. This is a time in our history when we need to learn to look beyond ourselves and see our community as a whole. It is inspiring to see what we can do together even if it is an imperfect idea.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Cristi, thanks for speaking up.
      I actually didn’t like the Maclean’s article from the perspective in how it was written. It said “only about 600 people die from it every year in Canada.” But what about the years of suffering that people have with ALS?
      It is an imperfect idea, but it certainly does show that there is money out there to be donated.
      I personally have decided to give my donations to organizations and people who I know are making a very positive impact, and where I know that the money will be used wisely.

      ~Wendy

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