Carmichael and Crockart rock at the Ice Bucket Challenge

Two very different but very funny takes on the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon from the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West.

Mindful of some concerns of wasting water, Alistair Carmichael did his with iced sea water from the beautiful Tingwall Pier near his Orkney home. He started with a  thinly veiled threat of terrible revenge on those who nominated him and then:

Afterwards, after a cup of tea and change of clothes, he challenged the supermarkets to back the campaign, given that they were benefitting from increased ice sales;

People who are aware of Gordon Aikman’s campaign to raise awareness and funds for Motor Neurone Disease Scotland cannot fail to be impressed by his bravery and enthusiasm in hugely challenging circumstances. I was delighted to take part in the ice bucket challenge and am pleased to report that the feeling has now returned to my fingers and toes.

Ice is not usually in short supply across the Northern Isles but the ice bucket challenge has seen something of a run on bags of ice in Orkney and Shetland recently.

I think that it is right that those profiting from these extra sales should give something back. I nominate the major supermarket chains to get involved and back this campaign.

A couple of hundred miles further south, Mike Crockart went out for a spot of canvassing for the Better Together campaign:

Both men were raising funds for MND Scotland, inspired by Gordon Aikman, the Research Director of Better Together who was diagnosed with the disease earlier this year. His JustGiving page has now raised over £56,000 with over £15,000 being raised from ice bucket challenges over the past 8 days.

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5 Comments

  • Why can you not just donate to good causes without indulging in this ridiculous fad? Why worry about wasting an ice bucket of water when you are going to waste a bit more than that plus some electricity on washing the wet clothes and maybe tumble drying them.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 27th Aug '14 - 11:43pm

    I don’t like it because of the coercive nature of it – I don’t like the nominating, peer pressure kind of thing. However, it is raising a fortune for MND and raising awareness of the condition. This can’t be a bad thing.

  • Matt (Bristol) 27th Aug '14 - 11:54pm

    I feel like a dinosaur from another more introverted age (and I’m not that old!) and shudder whenever someone goes on about this whole thing. However, it is in aid of a good cause, I suppose. Good on Alistair Carmichael for the targeting commercial gains being made from what is basically a Silly Season story for the new age…

  • Richard Dean 28th Aug '14 - 12:25am

    I also don’t like the implicit coercion. Is there another way, maybe for people to volunteer instead?

  • worried about wasting water – in Scotland?!! Really ??

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