So I was tagged on Facebook Sunday afternoon. I saw my notification and clicked to see what the deal was. It was a friend of mine dumping a small bowl of water over his head and challenging me to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
I had 24 hours, apparently. Sigh.
Y’see, I was half hoping to not be challenged and half hoping TO be challenged. I mean, I’m glad that I’ve got a friend who wants to include me in all of this silliness…so I think it’s good in that sense that I was challenged. On the other hand, I don’t feel like I should be pressured into doing something that I don’t really want to do.
Here’s the thing…if it was simply an “ice bucket challenge” where you dumped water on your head AND donated to your favourite charity, I might be more on board. At this point, though, it’s such a huge meme that I feel like most people are doing it simply to show off on social media…dumping ice water on themselves while not even knowing what ALS even stands for. There are a million different charitable organizations out there…I don’t think I should be pressured into donating to one in particular.
So here’s the thing…I’m NOT doing it. Instead, I’ve come up with my own twist…
As mentioned above, I’m now registered for the Relay For Life in June to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. I’m doing it because it’s a charity I believe in and because I want to honour my mother and keep her memory alive.
Here’s the link to my Relay team, Marilyn’s Marauders.
Once you click the link, you can donate to my team or you can join my team and raise some money on your own. No, you don’t have to actually be in Canada to join the team; you can join from anywhere. In the end, it’s all about actually raising money for a great cause…and after having lost two members of my family to cancer, this is the cause I want to get behind.
So MY challenge to all of YOU is to click the link and donate. You don’t have to pour ice water on yourself. You don’t have to donate very much as there isn’t any $100 minimum. You don’t have to verify or prove you did anything via social media. You don’t even have to tell me that you did it.
Just donate and help me raise some money to help the battle against cancer in the ongoing efforts to eradicate this unforgiving disease from the world.
At the end of the day, that’s what this is really all about…isn’t it?