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Celebrities in 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to fight disease

Published on Aug 20, 2014 6:55 AM
This combination of file images shows clockwise from upper right: NBA player Lebron James, Singer Justin Bieber, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, media proprietor Oprah Winfrey, singer Jennifer Lopez and singer Lady Gaga. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Steven Spielberg, Justin Bieber and Bill Gates are among many celebrities pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and donating to fight Lou Gehrig's disease, in a fund-raising effort that has gone viral.

Since June, several thousand people worldwide have recorded themselves getting drenched, then posted the stunt online and challenged others to do the same, or pledge US$100 (S$125) to ALS research.

Many have done both, in an effort has raise millions of dollars for the ALS Association, which combats amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Some 30,000 Americans have ALS, which attacks the nervous system and eventually leaves victims paralysed.

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