Icely does it

Icely does it

THREE of Ocean Grove’s finest fire dousers poured cold water on themselves last week – as part of the global Ice Bucket Challenge – raising money and awareness for motor neurone disease.
Professional fireys Adrian Bryan, Roscoe Holmes and Angus Rollinson endured the quick, but freezing, ordeal that has swept social media recruiting folks from all walks along the way.
The Ice Bucket Challenge for MND is a social media campaign that was initiated by Pete Frates, a former Boston College captain who is living with motor neurone disease MND in the USA. Since Frates posted his challenge online, the Ice Bucket Challenge quickly went viral and is now spreading across sporting and entertainment communities.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is now being taken up by some of Australia’s most-famous people, the first being Russell Crowe who was challenged by Ricky Gervais.
MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease with no known cure and no effective treatment.
Each day in Australia two people are diagnosed with MND – and two people die from MND every day.
People with MND progressively lose the use of their limbs and ability to speak, swallow and breathe, whilst their mind and senses usually remain intact. Average life expectancy after diagnosis is 27 months
An estimated 1900 people have MND in Australia.
“It was Adrian’s idea this morning,” explained Roscoe. “We’d been watching it on TV and thought we hadn’t seen anyone from the CFA do it. We’ve got some mates at Geelong City and thought it would be pretty funny to see them do it.
“For me personally it was a family who is going through the process of being diagnosed.”
Roscoe said it “wasn’t particularly painful, but it was cold. Probably colder than I thought it was going to be. But it’s over pretty quickly, bit of a sting for a few seconds after, but then it’s gone.”
Roscoe said the cause was  worth promoting as it was something that wasn’t’ talked about enough.
For more information see www.mndaust.asn.au. The video is on the Ocean Grove CFA Facebook page.
Also last week, Ocean Grove’s BayFM presenter Mark Hyland accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge from Ocean Grove Automotive’s Chris Dixon whose own father passed away from motor neurone disease.

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