This is going to be a very quick, apology post.
This post is triggered by a comment from a Hugxheart, who I admire for speaking out to something she thought is wrong. Check out her blog, she seems like and is a very sweet person and I’m sure she meant well when she left on my post “Ice Bucket Challenge VS Smile Pakistan Challenge“.
I guess her comment made me realize that I was wrong to just write my heart out without actually bothering to look up what this challenge is about. That’s ignorance on my part and I take full blame for it.
After doing a good amount of research on this challenge, I realized that what I had said about the act being stupid the first time..was right.
Now, hold your fire, people. Don’t shoot, just yet.
I said the act of pouring freezing water over one self seems like a waste of time to me. I was right about that and I stand by it. What I didn’t know was that this seemingly stupid challenge is actually a way of spreading awareness of a horrible disease called ALS. People all over the world are doing it -except for Obama, who chose to donate instead.
Yes, that’s a rule too. You can donate, if you like. And that’s exactly my point.
People could have just donated. I think it would have helped the cause more than seeing videos of people in wet tees. Moreover, so much hype was created regarding the Ice Bucket Challenge that it seemed like this is only what it was. The real motive behind it was overshadowed because people were more concerned about doing the challenge than mentioning in the video to donate instead, if they can.
And then there’s also this:
Even my fellow blogger, Hugxheart pointed it out that it would be more useful if they could just donate, no matter what the amount is. I couldn’t agree more. So I’m sorry for not realizing the real reason behind this challenge.
If you’re doing the challenge, with the aim of spreading awareness, good. If you’re donating, even better.
Again, I’d like to mention how young Pakistanis are already doing productive acts instead rather than the Ice Bucket Challenge. You can view videos by typing “#SmilePakistanChallenge” on your Twitter. Please do check it out and spread the word.
And again, I didn’t intend to hurt or call out anyone.
P.S Everyone better accept my apology since this is the best I can do.
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