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It’s Rice, Not Ice

You’ve heard of the Ice Bucket challenge — now find out about the Rice Bucket Challenge, coming soon to CB. While the challenge is growing worldwide and awareness is spreading globally, some believe we can use it to promote other gritty topics right at our doorstep. Which is what the Rice Bucket Challenge does. The […]

You’ve heard of the Ice Bucket challenge — now find out about the Rice Bucket Challenge, coming soon to CB.

While the challenge is growing worldwide and awareness is spreading globally, some believe we can use it to promote other gritty topics right at our doorstep. Which is what the Rice Bucket Challenge does.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a growing trend to help promote awareness of ALS and the devastating affects it causes. The nominee is required to fill a bucket with freezing ice water and pour it over their head, giving them a simulation of what it actually feels like to have ALS, they then challenge four more people to continue the challenge giving them 24 hours to do so or donate money.

Many in India have taken a twist to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and changed it to something that hits close to home.

India has over 212 million undernourished citizens many having no access to clean water nor food for daily meals. Many Indians live below the poverty line as many do here in Sacramento.

Christian Brothers High School recently took the challenge of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the drought having no effect in stopping the mad douses of freezing cold water on poor unfortunates individuals. But it is for a good cause, right?

Gelli Pascual (’15) supports this to some extent.

” It is good. It is more of attention than awareness, like a trend. We are comfortable with our life, we don’t take into account of other issues,” says the senior.

When learning more about the Rice Bucket Challenge in India, Gelli pondered of some of the issues we need to face here in California and how to promote them.

” The rice bucket challenge is better than the ice bucket challenge,” Gelli explains. “The ice bucket affects the water especially since we are in a drought. It’s a win-win, you don’t waste anything. People will be more aware about world hunger. Here in America we eat more than we could and don’t think of those who don’t have anything.”

Even if it is with good intentions when we promote the Ice bucket Challenge, some teachers think we can use this to bring awareness of the important things here in our own home.

Science teacher and head Wellspring director Mr. Danny Delgado (’79)  believes many use the trend out of pity.

“We are definitely a culture of tragedy,” he says. “When something happens to someone that we deem out of their control, we Americans in general and CB students specifically respond. But, service fatigue…the influx of tragedy…makes all of us a bit reluctant to reach out again. So we always need  to be  cognizant of this ‘fatigue’.”

Regarding home issues we need to face, Mr. Delgado had this to say,

“Homelessness, it is something we chose to ignore. Every morning I drive to school and I see them, and it’s sad. Income inequality is another issue we need to address, many are struggling and can’t make ends meet. It is also much worse for women. ”

There is more to face in the world along with  Lou Gehrig’s Disease , such as hunger in India and homelessness Sacramento.  The Rice Bucket Challenge  can open awareness to others  so much and give back to those who have so little.

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