The ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” has been all over the news the past few days. It seems as if everyone got involved; from ordinary, everyday individuals to professional sports plays, famous Hollywood personnel and even a variety of high-profile organizations from across our great nation! One particular organization is the Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) out of Rancho Sante Fe, California.
The President and CEO of HWAC, Mike Arms even participated by allowing his all-too-eager staff douse him with a bucket of ice water – all in the name of charity! The event was witnessed by Center Critter Campers and the creatures in the Paddocks Arena at HWAC.
Mr. Arms conquered the “Ice Bucket Challenge” with all the eagerness one can dare to have for this type of spine-tingling, water-dousing way to give back. Arms has committed his life to saving lives and by participating in this fundraiser on a dare, he was determined to make a big splash as humans and fuzzy-faces everywhere supported his efforts.
Mike Arms is always one to give back and thus supports the ALS charity. As a donor and supporter, he has now extended the challenge to Krissie Newman, wife of NASCAR racecar driver Ryan Newman and President of Rescue Ranch, as well as the San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. So far Ryan has accepted the challenge, but there has been no word yet from Mayor Faulconer as to whether or not he will give it a go.
Bolstered by the Center’s mission of “people helping animals, animals helping people,” Arms hopes that extending the challenge within the animal welfare world will not only bring more awareness to ALS, but that it will also publicize the ongoing charitable work these organizations do for all living creatures.
Other well-known individuals and celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Blake Shelton and Ethel Kennedy agree that it is important to bring awareness to those affected with ALS. They all agreed to be doused in the name of charity! Together, every person that participated wants to further The Association’s mission to find a cure for ALS, while funding the highest quality of care for people living with the disease, and is calling out other well respected animal welfare notables to do the same.
Watching one charitable organization give to another is a really soothing reminder that good still does exist. When normally the headlines are all about despair, it takes a few brave individuals to link together and help those that cannot possibly help themselves. The headlines should always be filled with ideas of hope instead of disaster, hatred and sadness!