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Class 95FM deejays: Challenge accepted!

Class 95FM deejays took up the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ and got drenched in icy water to spread awareness about the disease ALS on Tuesday (Aug 19).

SINGAPORE: MediaCorp radio station Class 95FM’s deejays took up the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ on Tuesday (Aug 19) and poured a bucket of icy water over their heads to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

ALS is an incurable degenerative disease that destroys the nerve cells connecting the sufferer's brain to the muscles in the body, thereby causing the sufferer to gradually lose control over his body and will eventually lead to paralysis and death.

The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ challenges people to record a video of themselves emptying a bucket of icy water over their heads and sharing it on social media, or make a donation to help fund medical research related to ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Those who complete the challenge can then challenge others to do the same within 24 hours.

The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ originated in the US, and has quickly gained momentum on social media platforms recently.

Celebrities like Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Facebook head honcho Mark Zuckerberg, as well as singer Taylor Swift and a host of other stars from the sports and entertainment industries have all taken up the challenge, and inspired many others to follow suit.

Class 95FM deejay Glenn Ong said he was more than happy to get wet to raise awareness about ALS, even though the ice chunks in the water did hurt a little when they struck his head.

“There are a lot of people who are suffering from ALS, but not many people know what ALS is about. This is mainly to raise awareness about the disease. It was good fun! I’m just glad we don’t have winter here. That was actually refreshing!” said Ong with a laugh.

And who have they challenged?

“We were challenged by the deejays of 987FM. We have challenged Jack and Rai, Stephanie Carrington who hosts the National Science Challenge, Liv Lo from Point of Entry, and the one and only Elim Chew,” said Ong, adding that the Class 95FM deejays have also donated S$950 which will go towards funding ALS-related research.