The ice bucket challenge is taking Hong Kong by storm and some government officials are getting in on the act.
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So Kam-leung will pour icy cold water over his head during his lunch hour today at Tamar Park.
Joining him will be his under secretary, Godfrey Leung King-kwok, political assistant Bernard Chan Pak-li and an unidentified special guest, Sing Tao Daily reported Wednesday.
So is taking up the challenge for charity, the Hong Kong government press office said.
He was nominated by Ricky Wong Wai-kay, chairman of Hong Kong Television Network (HKTV), who took the challenge with chief executive To Wai-bing and about 50 staff members, according to the HKTV Facebook page.
Wong said he will donate US$5,000 to the ALS Association.
He also nominated Stephen Chan Chi-wan, the chief adviser of Commercial Radio Hong Kong, and Joseph Sung Jao-yiu, the vice chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Financial Secretary John Tsang has been called out to take the challenge by financial commentator Andrew Shuen Pak-man, Apple Daily reported.
Business leaders including Solina Chau Hoi-shuen, who runs billionaire Li Ka-shing’s Horizons Ventures, and Lei Jun, founder of Xiaomi Inc., have completed the challenge for charity.
So have some celebrities including actor Andy Lau, Taiwanese singer Jay Chou and Taiwan-based American singer Wang Leehom.
Elsewhere, US President Barack Obama and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou have been challenged but both of them chose to donate money instead.
Over 28 million people have joined the conversation about the ice bucket challenge on Facebook, according to data released by the social networking website.
Betty Kwan Ka-mei, a family doctor, said people should eat and do some warm-up exercise before taking the challenge to avoid getting sick.
People with asthma, migraine, heart disease and other chronic diseases should avoid taking the challenge, Metro Daily quoted Kwan as saying.
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