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Wet, Cold Fundraiser Sweeping the Country

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Cold water challenge includes some local departments
A wet and cold challenge is sweeping the country, all for a good cause.
It's called the firefighter cold water challenge, which is said began in Chicago, has been taking on-line social media by storm, and raising funds for charity at the same time.
The rules vary around the country, but basically consist of someone challenging another to be doused, dunked or immersed in cold water.   Those taking part make a small contribution to a local charity, often the Fallen Firefighters Foundation, or contribute a larger amount if they wish to stay dry and warm.
The water part of the challenge can consist of being doused with a fire hose,  a dunk in a lake, pond, pool or river,  or various other means of getting the donor wet and cold.
The fund raiser began with firefighters, but of late, has expanded to include police, first responders, media and others.
 
While most of the funds have gone to the Fallen Firefighters Foundation, reports say the challenge did not begin with them.   Sources have quoted a foundation spokesperson saying they initially didn't know anything about it.   However, according to one report as of Saturday (5-31-14) the foundation had received nearly 500 donations of more than $23,000, most coming from cold water challenges.
The Fallen Firefighters Foundation  provides services for families and colleagues of fallen firefighters.   They also run a camp for children of those lost on the job and other support services and activities.
 
The cold water challenge has spread to the local area as well  with numerous local departments also taking part, and publishing their experiences and challenges on social media such as Facebook and You Tube.
 
However, experts warn those taking part, to be careful before, during and after a challenge.
As the cold water stunts expand across the country, there have been reports of broken bones, blown out knees and other injuries related to slips and falls.
Those donating are also urged to check on the charity and make sure it's legitimate before donating funds.
 

 

Last modified on Monday, 02 June 2014 09:20
Mike McKay

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