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VIDEO: Lisa Hanna takes ice-bucket challenge

Published:Monday | August 18, 2014 | 3:48 PM
A bucket of ice and water is dumped on the head of Youth Minister Lisa Hanna at her offices in New Kingston - YouTube video grab

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna today accepted a challenge from Olympian Usain Bolt, and had a bucket of ice-cold water poured on her while seated at her desk at the ministry.

The Strike Out ALS Ice Bucket Challenge involves dumping a bucket of ice-cold water on one’s head and then nominating friends to do the same.

Failure to do the challenge would result in the person nominated required to donate US$100 to charity.

It was conceptualised to help bring awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which is the slow death of the spinal cord and the brain, leading to muscle twitching, thickness of speech, loss of cognition and motor skills.

Yesterday, Bolt issued the ice-bath challenge to Hanna, a former Miss World, and recording artiste, Christopher Martin and fellow athlete Warren Weir.

Weir also completed the challenge.

The bucket of ice and water was dumped on the head of the Youth Minister at her desk.

A video of Hanna was uploaded by Oliver Watt on the video-sharing site YouTube.

Watt later tweeted that no government property was damaged in the making of the video.

As the soaked and laughing Hanna left the office, she remarked "all mi shoes wet!"

Global celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have participated.

Last week, US president Barrack Obama declined an invitation, opting to make a financial donation, instead.

The challenge has reportedly helped raise US$5.5 million for the United States' ALS association since July 29.

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