A challenge for charity

The ice bucket challenge has reached the office of The Daily Freeman-Journal.

Recently, Daily Freeman-Journal General Reporter Jim Krajewski was named by one of his friends to take part in the challenge. Krajewski said he was surprised and excited to be challenged.

“Until my friend challenged me, I had only seen videos of celebrities doing it,” Krajewski said. “I think it’s a great way to raise money to help fight a serious disease.”

The ice bucket challenge tasks people with dumping a bucket of ice water on their head to raise money and awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Then, the participant challenges several others to do the challenge.

Krajewski won’t be alone in getting drenched. Troy Banning, sports editor for The Daily Freeman-Journal will join him in the challenge. It will be filmed on Aug. 28 at 3 p.m. outside The Daily Freeman-Journal office. The public is invited to attend.

“The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been great for The ALS Association in terms of bringing awareness to the debilitating disease and raising funds to help fight it. If getting a little wet adds even one dollar to this cause, then go ahead and pour as much ice water on me as you want. I’m ready.” Banning said.

Banning and Krajewski, along with other staff members and the management of The Daily Freeman-Journal, are donating to the ALS Association. Krajewski said giving to that group is a great way to achieve the charitable goal of the ice bucket challenge.

Community members interested in donating to the ALS Association are encouraged to bring funds to the front office desk of The Daily Freeman-Journal during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Money from the collection jar will be sent to the ALS Association following the completion of the challenge.

For more information on ALS and the group which will receive collected donations, visit ALSA.org.