Scott Shriner of alternative rock band Weezer, and Brian Ray of Paul McCartney’s touring band and indie rock group The Bayonets have been challenged to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral internet campaign aimed at raising awareness and money that will go towards finding a cure for ALS.
The rockers were nominated by music lover, 18 year old Dani May of Bogota, Colombia. Speaking about the challenge, Dani said: “Anything that helps gain support for the ALS cause is great. It’s a brilliant way to raise money and have fun. I’m just trying to make a difference in my own little way!”
You can see Dani taking the challenge at the end of this post!
ALS (also known as Motor Neurone Disease) causes the brains nerve cells to degenerate. This in turn causes rapid loss of control of muscles in the body, leading to debilitation and death. One of the most harrowing aspects of the disease is that it does not effect intellect, memory or the senses, causing people to become ‘trapped’ in their own body.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has so far raised over $4million so far, with thousands of people, including many celebrities, taking part. A person is nominated to either donate to the charity or tip a bucket of ice cold water over their head. They then nominate the next person. Luckily most people don’t shirk the responsibility and do both the challenge AND donate money!
Among the ranks of the famous getting involved in the campaign are Bill Gates, Ricky Gervais, Justin Timberlake, David Beckham, Ben Affleck and even Oprah Winfrey.
“We have never seen anything like this in the history of the disease,” said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the level of compassion, generosity and sense of humor that people are exhibiting as they take part in this impactful viral initiative.”
So Scott Shriner, Brian Ray…your move…! Think warm thoughts!
To find out more about the disease and what you can do to help, visit the official ALS Association website here.