By now, it's safe to say that you have heard something (probably a lot of things) about the Ice Bucket Challenge that has taken social media by storm. The challenge involves people recording themselves pouring a bucket of ice water on themselves, calling out a charity they're supporting, challenging others to do the same within 24 hours or make a donation to charity, then posting it on a social networking site.
The challenge has come to be widely associated with ALS, the neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. When the challenge started hitting the social media scene in June, however, it wasn't specifically about ALS, and the ALS Association isn't the only charity challengers have highlighted.
Since June, people have highlighted the good cause of the ALS Association while also doing the challenge for organizations working on issues like cancer, clean water initiatives, alzheimers—and now, reconstructive surgery.
This week, Christine Kaaloa, a travel blogger and vlogger, brought ReSurge into the mix with her Ice Bucket Challenge video. She highlighted ALS and the importance of that cause, while also chosing to dedicate her video and donation to ReSurge because of a personal encounter she had with our work a few years ago.
While traveling in Nepal in 2008, Christine learned from a friend about a teenage boy named Sanish who had been severely burned as a baby when a kerosen lamp lit his bed on fire. She did some research and discovered us (when we were still called Interplast), learned that we had a surgical outreach program in Kathmandu and connected the boy and his family to us.
"Being a traveler and travel blogger, I cross the paths of many people in different lifestyle situations and I love traveling [to] developing countries," Christine said in her blog post about the video challenge. "I’m using my Ice Bucket Challenge and donation to inspire global kindness."
We at ReSurge applaud the spirit of giving the Ice Bucket Challenge has cultivated and are grateful to Christine for choosing to support ReSurge with her video and gift.
To watch her Ice Bucket Challenge video, click here.