Just like how we were hit by the K-Wave, the #ALSIceBucketChallenge has officially hit South Korea.
Yesterday, South Korea’s most-followed person on Twitter (he has 4.17 million Twitter followers) did his part to raise awareness about ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The K-Pop idol, Siwon Choi (a member of K-Pop idol boy group Super Junior) shared a video where he dumped 2 vats of water on himself in public, soaking his blue button up and white slacks down to his skin. A crowd of screaming fans stood around him recording the challenge with their smartphones and cameras while screaming in support.
He posted his challenge on both his Twitter and Instagram accounts and named/tagged 2 other Super Junior members, Eunhyuk and Donghae. Will they do it? We’ll just have to wait and see!
#SuJu members Eunhyuk and Donghae have taken on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – together! Watch:
The “Ice Bucket Challenge” was started in July by Pete Frates, 29, a former Boston College baseball player who has been battling ALS since 2011 and it has now become a worldwide craze. It’s actually part of a campaign to raise money in fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal neurodegenerative disease that attacks the brain and the spinal cord.
The campaign requires an individual to dump a bucket of ice water on their head. After which, they’re allowed to challenge 3 more people to do the same. If someone refuses, the penalty is donating US$100 to the ALS Association. The stunt has raised millions for ALS so far!
One such person who has suffered from the disease for many years now is none other than the world’s most celebrated brilliant and celebrated physicist, Stephen Hawking.
Through this challenge, more and more people are becoming aware of the disease and social media sites like Facebook and YouTube has seen a huge uptick in uploads over the last week. Check out this one time when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckeberg took on the challenge and tagged..well, find out for yourselves ;)