FAMAGUSTA – Ayia Napa Mayor Yiannis Karousos has completed the Ice Bucket Challenge – an international fundraising campaign created to raise awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The mayor had ice cold water dumped over his head by his wife Maria and two children. Following the completion of the challenge Karousos nominated Paralimni Mayor Theodoros Pyrillis, Cyprus Tourism Organisation deputy head Kostas Koumis and actor/director Andreas Georgiou to take part in the challenge.
Local charity drive Telethon is already accepting donations of €50 from people who have been nominated to take part in the challenge but choose not to complete it.
The rules are extremely straightforward. Within 24 hours of being challenged, the nominee must record themselves having a bucket of ice cold water poured over their heads.
The video must include the candidate saying they have accepted the challenge. Once the video has been recorded and uploaded on the net, the nominee can then challenge three other people.
If you complete the challenge you still have to make a donation but it doesn’t have to be the full €50.
The ALS Association announced that as of this week, the organisation received $22.9 million in donations from July 29 to August 19, when for the same period last year it received just $1.9 million.
Celebrities all over the world are taking part in the challenge with Tom Cruise, Bill Gates and former US president George Bush having all gone under the bucket.