However, there is much more to the new craze than meets the eye. While, it would appear to be done as a laugh where you nominate your friends to getting an ice-cold soaking, the Ice Bucket Challenge has a much deeper meaning than simply getting one over your mates.
Everyone who is brave enough to throw a bucket of ice-cold water over them must donate a sum of money to Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and anyone who opts out of the challenge once nominated must donate even more, as part of the social media craze.
Former Buncrana Town Councillor Ciaran McLaughlin, who took the plunge last weekend after his brother Paul nominated him, said it’s a great way to raise awareness for the charity.
However, unlike others Ciaran chose to back a local charity, Insight Inishowen, which supports people with mental health problems and depression as well as providing a counselling service and support for families who have been bereaved by suicide.
Ciaran said it was great to see the craze, which has been backed by celebrities such as David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Justin Timberlake, Bill Gates and Oprah, take off throughout Inishowen.
“It has really taken off,” said the Buncrana man. “People throughout Inishowen, in Buncrana, Carn, Clonmany and Moville are doing the Ice Bucket Challenge for good causes – it’s great to see.
“When I was doing mine, I even managed to get the whole family involved, my wife was filming it and my two boys threw the buckets of water over me. It was very very cold, but it was a bit of craic and all for a good cause.”
Similarly Moville man Liam Skelly chose to donate €5 to the Lifeboats whilst taking part in his Ice Bucket Challenge. In doing so he nominated five others to do the same – vowing that if they all succeed in their challenge that he will donate €50 to the Lifeboats.
Meanwhile, in Muff Ciaran McMenamin gave a €20 donation to the Meningitis Research Foundation and Aoibheann’s Pink Tie charities for his Challenge. Ciaran is the brother of the Late Maurice McMenamin who died from Meningitis in 2001. Ciaran is also one of the main organisers of the Maurice McMenamin Memorial Fun Run/Walk, which takes place this year on Sunday August 24 from the Carmen’s Inn, Muff.