Four West Lake Terrace managers get soaked

Home raises $300 for ALS research

Four West Lake Terrace managers took the Ice Bucket Challenge Aug. 21 in an event that engaged residents and raised money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research in the process.

Janie Butler, the Prince Edward County long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator organized the event which saw her, administrator/clinical care co-ordinator Neil Peterson, director of care Cathi Kerr and nutritional care manager Diane King have five-gallon buckets of ice water dumped on them, courtesy of staff members and residents’ council vice-president Donna Nugent.

Residents and staff members cheered on as the four got soaked. Donations totalling about $300 were raised by residents and staff members.

The Ice Bucket Challenge sees participants get a bucket of ice water tipped on their heads as part of a worldwide campaign to raise awareness of ALS, a neurodegenerative disease. Participants then challenge friends and colleagues to take the challenge within 24 hours. If they don’t take the challenge, they are then asked to make a donation to the ALS Society of Canada.

“I was seeing a lot about it on social media, and I thought that this would be a great effort where we could come together as a team and build awareness for ALS,” Butler tells The OMNIway. “Any time we can expose residents to an activity is a good thing.”

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