600 icy cold ones
Whyalla City Council media and communications manager Phill Stone has braved the chill for a cause.
After being nominated to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by the Whyalla News, Phill graciously accepted the challenge to raise much needed funds for both Motor Neuron Disease and the Whyalla Hospital Auxiliary.
Phill said he decided to split the funds between Motor Neuron Disease Australia and the Whyalla Hopsital Auxiliary because they were both close to he and his wife’s hearts.
“I decided to go half and half,pandora essence 50\50 with motor neuron because that particular disease is close to my wife’s heart because she was a carer for many years,” he said.
“I have a soft spot for our Whyalla Hospital Auxiliary and have spent a bit of time at the Whyalla hospital, I know how fortunate we are although we have our U bute new hospital we certainly [still] need lots of support.”
During the week leading up to the event, Phill fundraised within the council, as well as many community groups he is involved with locally.
On Friday, September 5 at 12pm Phill was doused with icy cold water by his co worker Rebecca Neilson.
“The trick to the degree of wetness is to wear thick cotton clothes which minimise the opportunity for the water to soak in, but you can’t escape that moment of icy cold sensation when the slurry first comes into contact with your scalp particularly when you have little hair to use as a barrier.” Whyalla City Council media and communications manager Phill Stone
“I have done a quick tally at the moment and the figure currently stands at more than $500 and by the time everything comes in and is added it should exceed $600,” Phill said.
“So that means a minimum of $300 for both Motor Neuron Australia and Whyalla Hospital Ladies Auxiliary.
“The main part of this is from my workmates, who have overwhelmed me with their generosity, supported by some of my Whyalla Players ‘family’ and some rattling of the donations jar outside council at high noon.”
Phill said the trick to enduring the icy cold pour was to wear ‘thick cotton clothes’.
“The trick to the degree of wetness is to wear thick cotton clothes which minimise the opportunity for the water to soak in, but you can’t escape that moment of icy cold sensation when the slurry first comes into contact with your scalp particularly when you have little hair to use as a barrier,” he said.
“It certainly wakes and freshens you up.”
Phill thanked his work colleagues at the council whom he said were a great bunch to work with and were quick to support him, and his co worker Rebecca Neilsen.
“My ‘partner in crime’ Rebecca Neilson, who I work with as a two person media and communications department in council, ably performed the task of upending a very full bucket of ice and water, while saying ‘I am sorry’ but I reckon she still enjoyed it,” he said.
The Ice Bucket Challenge, otherwise known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of myotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Motor Neuron Disease, and encourage donations to research.