Streamway Villa doing Ice Bucket Challenge

Having buckets of ice water poured on their heads wasn’t enough for the Streamway Villa team the first time around, so they’re taking the Ice Bucket Challenge again on Friday.

On Aug. 26, seven staff members from the Cobourg long-term care home participated in the challenge. Staff wants to raise more money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research, so they’ve put a collection jar in a common area of the home for people to donate.

“When we did the first (Ice Bucket Challenge) we didn’t have the collection jar out yet, so we wanted to give the families, residents, staff and visitors a week to donate money,” explains Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Christina Verleysen.

While seven staff members took the first challenge, Verleysen says she expects almost the entire team to get soaked on Friday.

Click here to watch a video of Streamway Villa staff members taking the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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.

Several OMNI Health Care long-term care homes as well as the head office team have participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for the ALS Society.

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