Remember the 2014 ice bucket challenge that caused your timelines to be flooded (literally!) with videos of celebrities dunking a bucket of iced water over their heads in an effort to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)? Also known as the Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord”. Four years later, the popular social media movement makes a comeback in South Korea, with hopes of building the first ever hospital specialising in treatment and rehabilitation for ALS patients.
The challenge was first initiated by Korean singer Sean of hip-hop duo Jinusean back in May, who is the director of Seung Il Hope Foundation, a non-profit organisation committed to aiding in the research of the debilitating condition.
Since then, a wave of prominent celebrities have taken on the challenge, including K-pop stars from the likes of IU, Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung and Seohyun, EXO’s Chanyeol, Wanna One’s Jisung and Daehwi, TWICE’s Sana, Momo and Nayeon, B.A.P’s Daehyun and Jongup, ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo, as well as actors such as Hyun Bin, Jo In Sung and Park Bo Gum.
In recent news, Hyunjin from rookie girl group LOONA took one for the team and made the bold move of nominating YG Entertainment head, Yang Hyun Suk for the challenge – although he’s more likely to make a financial contribution instead.
Besides getting soaked for a cause, other stars decided to show their generous support by donating to the Seung Il Hope Foundation such as actress Kim Yoo Jung, iKON’s Bobby, GOT7’s Youngjae and Yugyeom, Wanna One’s Seongwoo, and Mamamoo’s Moonbyul and Solar (the latter two also chose to do the ice bucket shower in addition to their donations).
안녕하세요. 배우 김보라 언니의 지목으로 정말 감사하게도 아이스버킷 챌린지에 참여하게 되었는데요. 승일희망재단에서 국내 최초 루게릭 요양병원 건립을 위해 많은 노력을 하고 있다고 들었습니다. 완공이 되는 날까지 많은 관심 가져주시고 모두 함께 응원해주세요. 또 루게릭 요양병원 건립 후에도 지속적으로 많은 관심을 가져주셨으면 하는 바람입니다. 저 역시도 함께 응원하겠습니다. 저는 얼음물 샤워 대신 기부로 마음을 함께 하겠습니다. 제 마음을 같이 이어가주실 분은 배우 태항호님, 배우 정혜성님, 배우 박지빈님 입니다. @junghyesung91 @impactorpjb
It’s heartening to witness such an overwheming outpour of support and we hope the Seung Il Hope Foundation project will be a success!
Which star do you wish to see participate in the 2018 Ice Bucket Challenge next? Drop their names in the comments below!