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Mark Zuckerberg's chilly charity challenge to Bill Gates

Published on Aug 15, 2014 1:16 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has become the latest celebrity to be doused by a bucket of ice-cold water - and now he wants Bill Gates to follow suit.

Aimed at raising awareness and cash for the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease, the Ice Bucket Challenge has become a viral craze in the United States in recent weeks.

It involves celebrities soaking themselves in icy water before challenging other well-known personalities to do the same - or else make a donation to the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Foundation, which heads the fight against Lou Gehrig's.

Zuckerberg, who was nominated for the challenge by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, laughed as he tipped the ice over himself before daring Microsoft titan Bill Gates, to do the same.

A still from the video posted by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on his Facebook page of him taking part in the fund-raising Ice Bucket Challenge, which has become a viral craze in the United States in recent weeks. In the video, Zuckerberg challenges Microsoft founder Bill Gates to be next. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK
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