27 February 2020
Mark Zuckerberg (inset) has done it and Allan Zeman is again thinking about it after begging off due to his busy schedule. Photo: HKEJ
Mark Zuckerberg (inset) has done it and Allan Zeman is again thinking about it after begging off due to his busy schedule. Photo: HKEJ

Brrr: Hong Kong politicians should take ice bucket dare

An ice bucket challenge may be what Hong Kong needs to cool the political temperature.

Nice to see a local version of the viral charity fundraiser making the rounds, with more local celebrities reportedly agreeing to dump ice-cold water on themselves like hundreds of rich and famous people in the past several weeks. 

Le Bron James, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Ethel Kennedy have all done it.  

In Hong Kong, Convoy Financial Group chairman Quincy Wong, Mentholatum (Asia Pacific) marketing director Vincent Tsui and Green Monday chairman David Yeung got themselves all wet and shivering on Sunday.

The challenge requires participants to have a bucket of ice water poured on their head and nominate someone to complete the dare within 24 hours or donate US$100 to charity.

For a bit of drama, the participants have been posting their spine-tingling exploits on social media, helping launch a viral video sensation.

Now the question is no longer who did it but who will be next.

Wong, Tsui and Yeung called out Lan Kwai Fong group chairman Allan Zeman, United States Consul General Clifford Hart, Tanya Chan (politician), Suzie Wong (radio host), Cherry Ngan (actor) and Lulu Tung (football ambassador).

Wouldn’t it be fun to see guys like Richard Li, or even his 86-year-old dad Li Ka-shing, take up the challenge since both are philanthropists?

How about getting our bickering politicians to pour cold water on their rhetoric — and on themselves — for a change?

Forget the three boring guys from Occupy Central. I’d call out Robert Chow, Regina Ip and Jeffrey Lam, even Zhang Xiaoming. The pro-establishment champions surely won’t turn down a good turn for charity.

After all, this is a great opportunity to be on YouTube and be associated with famous people such as Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos and all the others previously mentioned.

The US version of the ice bucket challenge has raised US$13.3 million since July 29, up almost eight times from the previous count, according to the New York Times.

It triggered 1.2 million video shares on Facebook between June 1 and Aug. 13 and inspired more than 260,000 new donors.

Excuse me while I go get myself drenched. Brrr.

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EJ Insight writer