31 Aug '14, 2am

Funds raised by Ice Bucket Challenge passes $125m mark.

Washington - The "Ice Bucket Challenge" viral craze has raised more than US$100 million (S$125 million) after sweeping the globe since its launch last month, according to the organisers. The phenomenally popular stunt - which sees participants being doused in a bucket of ice-cold water before challenging others to take part - was set up to raise awareness and cash about Lou Gehrig's disease. A galaxy of celebrities and high-profile personalities have taken part in the challenge, including Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates and even former US president George W. Bush. The ALS Association, which combats Lou Gehrig's or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, said that US$100.9 million in donations were raised between July 29 and Aug 29. This compared with US$2.8 million during the same period last year. "The word gratitude doesn't do enough to express what we are feeling right ...

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