Melinda Gates does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on her 50th birthday

On Friday, we reported that Bill Gates was challenged by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and he made good on the challenge. Gates uploaded a video of himself dumping a bucket of ice water on his body, but he took the challenge up a level by designing and building a machine that helped him dump the bucket of ice water on himself.

Melinda Gates also joined the cause, on her 50th birthday no less, which was on Friday; but we think that the rather large hat she had on meant she avoided a cold rush to the head; judge for yourselves.

Melinda chose to go lo-tech in her attempt, doing the deed as many others have done via social media; but not before nominating Katie Couric, Stephen Colbert, Yuri Milner, and her daughter Phoebe to complete the challenge within 24 hours or donate $100 to the cause for failing to do so.

So far, Microsoft's current CEO Satya Nadella has already gone through with the ice bucket challenge, as well as former CEO Steven Ballmer and of course Bill.

Anyway, we want to wish a very happy belated birthday to Melinda and a thumbs up for her attempt.

Update: If you think the Ice Bucket Challenge is stupid or a just a fad, just have a look at what it means to the ALS Association, from their site

More than a week after the Ice Bucket Challenge first went viral, people keep dumping ice on their heads, and the ALS Association keeps collecting money. The organization’s national office has received $5.5 million for Lou Gehrig’s disease research since July 29, compared to $32,000 in the same period last year.

Thanks to xrobwx for looking this up!

Source: Microsoft News | What is ALS? (Wikipedia)

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Such normal looking people. Seriously, celebrities should follow the Gates style - have money, but don't show it, its really cool.

You know whats annoying? Not the ice bucket challenge, it is people calling it stupid, ridiculous, and moronic. Evidently you people do not understand this challenge, the awareness it brings, and why such a fun/silly stunt is needed to bring awareness to something like ALS.

techbeck said,
You know whats annoying? Not the ice bucket challenge, it is people calling it stupid, ridiculous, and moronic. Evidently you people do not understand this challenge, the awareness it brings, and why such a fun/silly stunt is needed to bring awareness to something like ALS.

I think its great that more people are aware of ALS. My father-in-law was diagnosed with ALS a few years ago after complaining about pains in his left leg. We took him once a week to a San Francisco clinic because he opted to try an experimental drug to prolong his life for his grandkids. Unfortunately he passed away six months later. ALS is an awful disease. Watching him struggle to do the most basic of things because his body lost all muscle functions took a toll on the kids. In the end, they refused to see their grandfather because it depressed them, they wanted to remember him the way he was, not what he had become. I hope one day they will find a cure for this awful disease.

So let me get this right? They can do the challenge and donate nothing, but can nominate others. or if they don't do it they donate $100 and cant nominate anyone?

So all these rich folk are just avoiding paying $100 and challenging friends in hope they will pay the $100?

Confused.

Vester said,
So let me get this right? They can do the challenge and donate nothing, but can nominate others. or if they don't do it they donate $100 and cant nominate anyone?

So all these rich folk are just avoiding paying $100 and challenging friends in hope they will pay the $100?

Confused.

Even a 5 year old can figure it out, that's truly sad. Most of these people have not only done the bucket but have also donated.

Vester said,
So let me get this right? They can do the challenge and donate nothing, but can nominate others. or if they don't do it they donate $100 and cant nominate anyone?

So all these rich folk are just avoiding paying $100 and challenging friends in hope they will pay the $100?

Confused.


The rules are sketchy but if you do the challenge in 24 hours you pay $10 dollars. If you don't do it, you pay 100$. Then again, these people problably donated more than $100....

Brony said,
And still, i am clueless what is ALS. What i know is that it is some sort of medical problem.

Perhaps the problem is that you should look it up instead of complaining that the ice bucket(if you are that is) of water is not telling you what it is... Awareness can simply be to get you to learn about it.

Brony said,
And still, i am clueless what is ALS. What i know is that it is some sort of medical problem.

Is it that hard to Google it?

Ice bucket challenge? Not really a challenge, you just stand there and get wet. If they want a challenge I suggest Everest.

Tomo said,
Ice bucket challenge? Not really a challenge, you just stand there and get wet. If they want a challenge I suggest Everest.

Erm, OK.

Tomo said,
Ice bucket challenge? Not really a challenge, you just stand there and get wet. If they want a challenge I suggest Everest.

You are missing the entire point.

Already totally tired of hearing of this ridiculous fad! Seeing it once or twice was alright, but now it's just a way for people to get an extra 2 minutes of fame! :x

Awareness is great, stupid little things like this are not!

cork1958 said,
Already totally tired of hearing of this ridiculous fad! Seeing it once or twice was alright, but now it's just a way for people to get an extra 2 minutes of fame! :x

Awareness is great, stupid little things like this are not!

I guess some people need to be told what this has done instead of them finding out by themselves.

Compare to last year which they received 1.4 Million in donation, this year
they have raised 7.6 millions in donation. So yeah, if this is a fad it's a good one.


http://grist.org/living/ask-um...a-waste-of-water-and-money/

cork1958 said,
Already totally tired of hearing of this ridiculous fad! Seeing it once or twice was alright, but now it's just a way for people to get an extra 2 minutes of fame! :x

Awareness is great, stupid little things like this are not!


You do know this isn't some stupid fad right? This raises more and more awareness about the issue. Everytime you see the video, you and others get more and more curious about the issue.

Its offensive that you call this a "stupid fad".

tomcoleman said,
you watched it so your now aware.

awareness people, awareness. not how or method.


I do get that, but still... Go hard, or go home! :p

FiB3R said,

I do get that, but still... Go hard, or go home! :p

I challenge you to the ALS ice bucket challenge. Post a video of you going hard, or go home. :p

HawkMan said,
seeing as she's donated the money(and probably way more than 100$) she doesn't really need to do the bucket anyway.

This is true, in part. But the point is to raise awareness, and she has succeeded on that front, even if she did kinda cheat.

FiB3R said,
With that hat, she might as well have had an umbrella.

It's her birthday... she could do what her heart desire... besides she probably donated anyways.

nickcruz said,

It's her birthday... she could do what her heart desire... besides she probably donated anyways.


This is also true.

FiB3R said,
With that hat, she might as well have had an umbrella.

I think she should get a pass for wearing the hat. Bill and Melina Gates have donated so much $$$ to so many other great causes that I give her a pass.