One year on, more than $300 million raised for Ice Bucket Challenge

The story of former Boston College captain Peter Frates, who inspired the "Ice Bucket Challenge" phenomenon that has raised awareness for ALS.
The story of former Boston College captain Peter Frates, who inspired the "Ice Bucket Challenge" phenomenon that has raised awareness for ALS.PHOTO: TUBE TEST / YOUTUBE

Still shivering from dunking a bucket of freezing cold water over on your head from a year ago?

Well, thousands of ice bucket dumps later, more than 17 million people had participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for as well as support the research into neurodegenerative disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and other causes, the CNN reported.

The viral phenomenon has raised more than US$220 million (S$300.7 million) from around the world, ALS Association said in a statement on April 20.

Within the United States, 2.5 million people had donated US$115 million (S$157.3 million) to the ALS Association.

The social media craze which took the world by storm was popularised by former baseball player Peter Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012.

In July last year, he came up with the idea of challenging his friends to perform the act in a bid to raise awareness of his condition.

With the help of his friend, the Ice Bucket Challenge inspired a fund-raising viral phenomenon that saw millions, including celebrities as well as politicians, around the world performing the act.

In an update on its website on Tuesday (July 14), the ALS Association said US$11.6 million of the ice bucket dollars will be committed to 58 new research grants to find treatments and a cure for the disease.

The money will also be distributed to key areas including research, patient and community services, public and professional education, it said.

The ALS Association is hoping the social media stunt will continue to see outpouring of donations again this year.

"Let's keep it up this August and every August until there's a cure," a statement on the website read.

Here is a recap of the campaign that has taken the world by storm.