For the last week the entire country, actually, no, scrap that… the entire world, has been throwing buckets of iced water over themselves to raise money and awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) also known as MND (Motor Neurone Disease), and also Macmillan Cancer Support.
As each day has gone by everybody’s Facebook timeline has been getting taken over by short video clips of their friends getting soaked and making nominations urging their friends to do the same. And let’s be honest, it’s been fun. It’s been entertaining and if you’ve been (un)lucky enough to take part – you’ll know it’s been cold!
But my reason for this blog isn’t to tell you about the disease, or to tell you about the challenge. It’s to have a winge about those people who are now starting to complain about the challenge and complain about the videos.
Why oh why does there always have to be someone that has to turn a positive into a negative?
This challenge that has incredibly, gone from country to country has achieved something so fantastic and yet there are STILL people complaining. In the past couple of days I’ve heard the phrases “Boring!” or “You can donate to a charity without doing something so silly”.
Well first of all… “Boring??!” Jeez. “Where is your sense of fun?!” Don’t you think it’s ‘boring’ not taking part? Boring is sitting back and complaining about the people who are raising money and donating money. Boring is certainly not the people who are prepared to make a bit of a tit of themselves in front of the camera whilst raising awareness. I am normally someone who shys away from this kind of thing, but when I saw all of the videos of those who had taken part, from David and Victoria Beckham, to Dame Judi Dench, I thought to myself, ‘How can I not?!’ I mean, who do I think I am if I can’t do something that the people you would least expect not to, can? So I embraced it and waited for the inevitable nomination.
And of course, it eventually came. It came from my husband who had promised me he wasn’t going to nominate me, but then did at the last minute as I filmed the video. Thanks then!
But so what?! If he hadn’t someone else would have. And so we did it. And it was fun. Great fun. Cold, very cold! But great fun and what is actually wrong with that?
So, to those who feel the need to complain…. What if your Facebook feed is full of videos? If you really don’t want to watch them, then don’t. It’s not rocket science, stay off Facebook for a few days if you really must but please, don’t spoil everyone else’s fun. It’s not going to last forever because let’s be honest, everyone will have done it soon anyway. Well, everyone apart from you…
And maybe we can donate all day, every day to charities without doing something ‘silly’. But where is the fun in that? Is it harming anyone? As far as I can see, it’s rocketed around the world creating a huge amount of awareness and raised a shed load of money. I’d say that’s pretty bloody amazing.
Now for goodness sake, please stop complaining. Let us revel in our good work and enjoy the last few days of what’s been a hugely entertaining way of raising money for great causes.
Then, when it’s over, you can find something else to complain about…