I accept this challenge for a good cause – and am modifying it, so all of this finally makes perfect sense.
I challenge the following persons – who run the ALS Association in the US of A – to donate the following values:
Jane H. Gilbert – President and CEO – $3,394.75
Daniel M. Reznikov – Chief Financial Officer – $2,012.60
Steve Gibson – Chief Public Policy Officer – $1,828.62
Kimberly Maginnis – Chief of Care Services Officer – $1,606.46
Lance Slaughter – Chief Chapter Relations and Development Officer – $1,526.92
Michelle Keegan – Chief Development Officer – $1,787.44
John Applegate – Association Finance Officer – $1,187.26
David Moses – Director of Planned Giving – $1,125.09
Carrie Munk – Chief Communications and Marketing Officer – $1,428.75
Patrick Wildman – Director of Public Policy – $1,123.58
Kathi Kromer – Director of State Advocacy – $1,106.61
Why? Because you lot bagged more than half of the money donated to what is perceived as a good and worthy cause, which should actually help those in need, into your own pockets. The values above are a mere 1% of what each of you have earned in just one year!
So here’s the deal: As soon as ALL OF YOU present proof that each of you HAS transferred the above mentioned amount (of which you’re gonna bag more than half of it again…) to the ALS Association, I will happily donate 100 Euros – which is 32% more than the challenge demands. And I will pay this money to an entity, where I can feel confident that way more than only half of this money will arrive where it actually should end up…!
Why I’m doing this? To create awareness that people won’t hesitate to pose as good samaritans and promote the spending towards pharmaceutical concerns (who also fill their pockets with this) while making – a lot of – money with the destiny of those affected by ALS.
I won’t judge anyone, nor am I encouraging to stop donating. What I expect each and everyone who reads this to do though, is to heap pressure on the aforementioned persons. Ask them, if filling their pockets big time with something that should instead be a noble and GIVING cause by ALL of us is the right thing to do! A far too vast part of the donations has gone into the pockets of the cited individuals, money that should have been speend into SENSIBLE research and direct aid of patients.
And why you’re at it, DO ASK each of these persons as well, why the ALS Association in almost 30 years of existance has never invested in any form of research towards new cures for ALS, especially a cure that’s not based on chemicals!
BTW: I will donate my 100 Euros to a local, non-governmental institution IN MY COUNTRY who actively helps ALS patients. And I’d like to encourage you, reading these line and not living in the US, to do the same. DO NOT send your money to the ALS Association in the US, inform yourself how you can help ALS patients in your own country!
Donate, but also DO #askthequestion
Thank you for reading this till the end! And feel free to use the text for your own purposes.
Source for the above figures: http://worldtruth.tv/als-ice-bucket-challenge-do-you-know-what-you-are-supporting/