Melinda and the kids were nominated by her nephew in the US to do the ALS ice bucket challenge. Regardless of whether people like it or not, are tired of all the video’s or not, we felt that the kids would benefit from the knowledge of another ‘disease’ where people get sick. A disease that unlike HIV, there is no medicine for. We watched many video’s on the disease and went to the ALS website to find out as much as we can.
The children asked so many questions, mainly, why is there not medicine. They could relate with the fact that people with ALS will die sooner than they would like; many of them went through this before ARV medicine came to Cambodia.
A donation to the ALS Association was made in memory of our kids parents and sibling who left us too soon.
Many times when we do a group thing, some kids don’t show up, others think it’s boring and there are those who feel they are ‘above’ playing silly games. The ALS challenge was not such an event. EVERYONE of the kids was there all day. We didn’t even have to ask twice to bring the large blue water tank to the cafe. When the ice was delivered they looked on in curiosity and excitement.
It was overcast and rainy, so we debated on postponing it until the next day, but the ice was already delivered and we worried it would melt, so we sucked it up and just did it!
Here is the result!