Footballers join in the Ice Bucket Challenge

Governor's Athletic take a soaking

Governor's Athletic take a soaking

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Newly formed Manx football team Governor’s Athletic have taken part in the latest craze sweeping the internet, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The team took on the challenge, raising £100 for Hospice Isle of Man, which looks after patients with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) on the island.

The challenge involves participants getting a bucket of ice cold water tipped over their head while being filmed and then nominating other people to take the same challenge.

A host of celebrities have joined in and taken a soaking, including Justin Bieber, Cristiano Ronaldo, Tom Cruise, Usain Bolt, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Victoria Beckham, Steven Spielberg, Alex Salmond, Bill Gates and even former president George W Bush.

Bush even joked he did not think it was presidential to be splashed with water before his wife, Laura, tipped a bucket of water over him.

Current president Barack Obama has been one of the few people to so far decline the challenge, preferring to donate money.

The idea has been traced back to Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, whose career was cut short after he developed MND.

In 2013, he challenged several Boston Red Sox players to the ice bucket treatment to raise money and awareness for the condition – individuals can either accept the challenge, or donate an agreed sum to charity (usually $100).

Among the people in the island to take part last week were advocate James Quinn and 3FM boss Ron Berry.

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