It’s a Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank. At 4 p.m. on the dot, the office closes, and all employees file out of the building to the front awning. They’re about to watch their co-worker, Doug Haehl, get a trash can and a cooler full of ice-cold water get dumped on him.
Haehl, dressed for work down to the silk tie, sits calmly in a chair and awaits the challenge.
Macon Countians of all stripes are rising to the cold water challenge these last few weeks, and not a few local charities have benefited.
The cold water challenge, a grassroots charity movement, is designed as sort of a chain-reaction dare. When a person is challenged, they must choose between donating $100 to the charity of the challengers choice, or donating $10 to the charity of their own choice… and having a bucket of ice-cold water dumped on their head. Before the water is dumped on their head, they film themselves stating the name of the charity they’ll be donating to, and ‘calling out’ three others to do the challenge.
Variations on the dare, which started in Grundy County, Tennessee, include jumping into a lake in the winter, jumping into a pool, and being sprayed by a fireman’s hose. Many participants have also begun daring quite a few more than three people to do the challenge
Locally, participants have been utilizing social networking sites to publicize their dares, posting videos of the ‘call out’ and the water.
Whole local organizations have participated, and several groups of people have all taken the challenge together. Friday morning of last week, for instance, most of the staff at Works in Progress Daycare were hosed down by a Lafayette fire truck to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Hope for Katie, Easton Goad, and St. Jude’s Hospital.
As far as we’re concerned, the ends justify the means.