IT’S the ultimate indignity, being bucketed by a torrent of freezing water in front of a sniggering crowd.
But for the staff at Tamworth’s Bath Stewart Associates, there’s a personal reason to support the hottest trend in cold water – the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Daryl Bath, the company’s founder, was forced to leave the surveying firm last year to focus on his battle with motor neurone disease (MND).
Mr Bath and his wife Debra were back at the business on Friday to help raise money for MND research by
“tipping the bucket” on Bath Stewart Associates owner David Lord and graduate surveyor John Herdegen.
As part of the business’s weekly Friday drinks, Mr Lord and Mr Herdegen were given a drink of a different kind, helping raise hundreds of dollars for the cause.
“We were devastated when we heard about Daryl’s diagnosis and I also lost an aunty to motor neurone 12 months ago,” office manager Mandy Lord said.
“It just felt right to help however we could.”
As part of the ice bucket challenge, a person is “dared” to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same.
Participants must take the challenge within 24 hours and areasked to make a donation to charity.
Mr Herdegen said while the rush of cold water was uncomfortable, he felt he had escaped lightly.
“It wasn’t as bad as I thought ... I think David copped most of the water,” he said.
“The fact we have such a close association with someone affected by MND makes it more meaningful to us.”