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Tipping the bucket on Page MP

YOU would have thought there'd be a queue a mile long to tip a bucket of ice water on a politician, but Page MP Kevin Hogan gave the chance to his favourite fundraisers, Emily and Mary Betteridge.

The twins have been fundraising for the Westpac Rescue helicopter for over 30 years, but were happy to help Mr Hogan get on board with the latest fundraising craze that is sweeping the world; the ice-bucket challenge.

Spreading like wildfire through social media and celebrity endorsements, the ice-bucket challenge has raised over $40 million in the US to support research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which is known as motor neurone disease (MND) in Australia.

On a cold and wet Lismore day, Mr Hogan was clearly not looking forward to the event, but had accepted the challenge from local real estate agent Andrew Gordon, who was also on hand to pour the ice and help the Betteridge twins.

Mr Hogan said it was all "a bit of fun" but he had accepted the challenge because he knew a number of people in the community who had died from the degenerative disease which affects the nerve cells that control muscles.

"Anything that helps to raise awareness and funds for research into this terrible disease, I'm happy to accept the challenge," he said.

The challenge was kicked off on the North Coast by Katrina Jeffery on Wednesday. Her husband Chris died earlier this year from MND, less than two years after he first started having trouble swallowing and slurring his speech.

The challenge works by people who participate paying $10 to a MND charity and then nominating others. Those nominated get wet themselves and nominate others to do so, or else they can contribute $100 to MND.

Katrina Jeffery nominated all of the Lismore councillors, but mayor Jenny Dowell has declined, and has made a donation instead.

Mr Hogan nominated members of the local media who were there to cover his big splash.

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Topics:  ice bucket challenge, kevin hogan




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