Features Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | August 28, 2014 | 06:09 pm IST Colonsay, a Scottish island, recently witnessed a shutdown of its water system. A branch of Tesco, a supermarket, in Simonside, South Shields also ran out of ice- courtesy the ALS ice bucket challenge, according to a report by Daily Mail. Colonsay is an island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, and has a population of which around 135, states the report. The water system in Colonsay automatically shuts down in order to prevent water wastage. It then needs to be turned back. Over one of the weekends engineers were called five times after the water system shut off after the increase in water usage for the Ice Bucket Challenge. Tesco, too ran out of ice, something unlikely at this time of the year. Daniel Smith, duty manager of Tesco told Daily Mail, 'We sold out on Saturday and we nearly did on Sunday as well. We don't usually sell so much ice at this time of year - it's usually only this popular when big events like the World Cup are on.‚ÄĚ A cartoon published by Saudi Arabia-based newspaper Arab News on Facebook on August 26 also tries to highlight the issue of water wastage that comes along with the challenge. The cartoon was shared over 24,618 times and liked by over 17,000 people. The image of course was followed by the usual binary of comments: The people will criticise even when you do good things argument, as opposed to those who believe water should not be wasted. The ALS ice bucket challenge was introduced to spread awareness about the disease and also raise funds for the ALS Association. The challenge that is said to have took off around July 29 has taken the social media by storm.¬† Recently, Hyderabad based Manju Latha Kalanidhi came up with 'Desi Challenge for Desi Needs'- India‚Äôs version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the Rice Bucket Challenge. India‚Äôs jugaad to the globally viral ice bucket challenge which makes participants post videos of themselves having freezing water poured on them and donate to an ALS cause, instead challenges them to take a bucket of rice and donate it to the nearest needy person. After this, they follow the original challenge‚Äôs instruction of posting pictures on social media and nominate other people to carry on the challenge. Read our report on how Manju began the challenge: Rice Bucket Challenge catches on, Indians post pictures of themselves taking on the challenge Manju is also against wasting water. Also read: Teenager dies while attempting a variation of the ice bucket challenge
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