Bring on the ice, ice baby!


New Delhi, Aug. 20 -- Do you have the guts to pour a bucket of ice-cold water on your head? People worldwide - including filmstars, sportspersons, musicians and businessmen - are enthusiastically taking up the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness about a rare brain disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Celebs such as talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Hollywood stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, singers Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, basketball player LeBron James and footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr and Paul Scholes, among many others, dared to take up the challenge and as part of the ongoing social media trend, then nominated their buddies to do the same within 24 hours or donate $100 towards the cause.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg also dared to drench himself in chilled water, after which he dared entrepreneur Bill Gates, among a few others, to do the same. Gates, in turn, went a step ahead to create a pulleymachine of sorts to complete the challenge differently.

When it was actor Charlie Sheen's turn, the former Two and a Half Men star, instead of pouring freezing-cold water on himself, threw a tub full of money - $10,000 on himself. Not just that, Sheen challenged actors Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Chuck Lorre to do their bit for the cause in the same way. However, topping the list is popstar Lady Gaga, who not only soaked herself in cold water but also pledged to donate $10,000 to the cause.

While celebs are making news for accepting the challenge and posting videos of them in the act, not all are in for this icy phenomenon. For instance, at the time of going to press, there wasn't any confirmation from US President Barack Obama if he'd dare to go for it, after he was challenged by none other than pop sensation Justin Bieber.

The ALS association in the US - at the time of HT City going to press - had already collected $15.6 million ('94.76 crore).