The previously scheduled Me Go Run Weekend Wrap Up will be posted tomorrow.
I have something I need to get off my chest...
I'm going to talk about the ALS ice bucket challenge today.
I am very annoyed. I am annoyed with the plethora of Facebook posts and snarky comments asking if the ice bucket challenge has actually raised any money for ALS. Comments such as "People dump buckets of ice water on their heads to get out of donating $100? That's a bad message! You should donate the money!"
First of all, a quick Google search will tell you that in the past few weeks, donations in support of ALS research has increased. By a lot.
From the article: "Donations to the ALS Association have spiked. As of Sunday, the association said it had received $13.3 million in donations since July 29, compared with $1.7 million during the same period last year. It said there were about 260,000 new donors. (With a spate of celebrities and business executives joining in over the past few days and pledging contributions, that number is expected to rise.)"
That's just one organization, but dang that is a huge increase in money!
No, not everyone donates. A lot of people can't donate $100. But they may take the challenge and nominate someone else who does donate. You see? In some crazy way, it works. And if you didn't know what ALS was before this brou-ha-ha, hopefully you know now.
It's just amazing to me how many people hate on something that is intended to do good in the world- by raising awareness and money for ALS.
Yes, I took the challenge. I also donated the $100 that very same day. But I didn't go flaunting that on Facebook. Maybe I should have.
So dump the water, don't dump the water, donate money, don't donate money... You certainly shouldn't feel bullied or less than because you don't donate or don't take the challenge to support this particular cause. I know while Americans can be highly self-absorbed, we are also very generous. There are many, many wonderful charities out there that people may choose to support. It doesn't have to be this one.
Just stop hating on something that is clearly doing something good and will hopefully help those suffering from ALS.