News

Ice bucket challenge for ALS soaks into Penticton

Penticton firefighter Chad Taylor douses Mayor Garry Litke with a bucket of ice water in front of city hall Wednesday. Litke accepted the ALS challenge from Penticton Western Reporter Joe Fries who got the cold shoulder earlier in the day at Skaha Lake. The mayor then challenged all the athletes taking part in this weekend
Penticton firefighter Chad Taylor douses Mayor Garry Litke with a bucket of ice water in front of city hall Wednesday. Litke accepted the ALS challenge from Penticton Western Reporter Joe Fries who got the cold shoulder earlier in the day at Skaha Lake. The mayor then challenged all the athletes taking part in this weekend's challenge race along with MLA Dan Ashton and MP Dan Albas to step up to the plate
— image credit: Mark Brett/Penticton Western News

Firefighters had all the right equipment this week to help Penticton’s mayor cool down for the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Garry Litke stood in front of a fire truck parked outside City Hall on Wednesday afternoon as a fireman stationed on the front bumper poured a pail of cold water over the mayor’s head.

This summer has seen thousands of people from all walks of life take the challenge, which raises awareness and money for research into treatments for ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Participants record themselves being splashed as creatively as possible, then publish the video and challenges to others on social media. People who decline the challenge are encouraged to donate money instead. Others do both. Litke was challenged by Penticton Western News reporter Joe Fries.

“The real message that I want to get through is this is a fundraiser for ALS and I don’t want people to think that just because they get a bucket of ice water poured over their head they’re free from contributing to the ALS campaign,” said Litke. “We’re having a lot of fun doing it, but let’s not forget to contribute.”

Litke subsequently challenged Penticton MLA Dan Ashton, Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas and those participating in the Valley First Challenge Penticton Canada.

Ice water was also dumped on Best Damn Sports bar and The Pasta Factory owner Duane Jordan (pictured above) on Wednesday. Jordan raised just over $200 for ALS. He challenged three other people, Leigh Follestad, Steve Garrett and Max Picton to take the plunge as well.

According to the ALS Canada website, the Ice Bucket Challenge as of Thursday had raised $1.3 million, over a third of the way towards the organization’s goal of $3 million. The challenge was created by Pete Frates, a former U.S. college baseball player who lives with the disease.

Donations to the cause can be made online at www.als.ca or at Penticton City Hall.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Virk shuffled to new job after Kwantlen flap
 
Penticton MLA gets promoted
 
Western News parent company completes deal with Glacier Media
Part III: Youth Dealing with Depression
 
Lack of addiction treatment flagged by crime panel
 
Salmo senior killed in collision
Woman rushed to hospital after train and car collision
 
Tourism Kelowna loves the look of the new Super, Natural BC
 
Interdisciplinary fine arts degree at UBCO

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 19 edition online now. Browse the archives.