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Ice bucket charity catches on in China

2014-August-20       Source: Newsgd.com

The ALS ice bucket challenge, which initially went viral across the United States, has swept Chinese social media and is currently the hottest topic on the Internet, as more celebrities join the challenge.
The ALS ice bucket challenge, which initially went viral across the United States, has swept Chinese social media and is currently the hottest topic on the Internet, as more celebrities join the challenge.

Chinese singer Leehom Wang joined the challenge.

The challenge requires that participators pour a bucket of ice water on them and then post a video on social media and nominate three other people to do the same.

Those who refuse to take the challenge will have to donate $100 to the ALS Association, which advocates finding treatments for the muscle-wasting disease.

The China-Dolls Care and Support Association said on its official Weibo that they have received around 40,000 RMB (6,500 USD) as of 11 pm on Monday.

ALS is a rare disease that gradually reduces patients' muscle strength, eventually making them paralyzed and unable to speak, move, swallow and even breathe.

The best-known ALS patient today is British scientist Stephen Hawking. While most people die of ALS within several years, Hawking has survived for decades.

Lei Jun, CEO of China’s smart phone manufacturer Xiaomi hoped that their participations could raise more awareness of the rare disease.

Famous Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang accepted the challenge from Leehom Wang.

Young singer G.E.M posted the photo on her weibo account.

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