It’s 73 degrees, the sun is shining and brisk breeze, alluding to the chilly fall weather ahead, ripples through the water fountain outside the Administration building at Stony Brook University.
A group of students arrive with an empty cooler, kitchen pot, recycling can, and garden flowerpot in hand.
“I’m very excited,” said Alex Persaud, a junior economics major. “The mist coming off the fountain is getting me pumped to start.”
Like Persaud, the rest of the students anxiously waited around until 4:30pm finally struck. It was then that the group started filling their containers with they icy water from the fountain and took their positions in front of the steps that over look the Charles B. Wang Center.
An brief introduction about why they were there was given, followed by a countdown of three, two, one, then it was all a go from there. The student’s lifted the buckets and the chilled water poured over them causing shrilled screams from the women and contagious laughter from the men.
This was the scene as the Distressed Children & Infants International, DCI, executive board accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.
“It was so cold, but a lot of fun,” said Meerah Shah, a junior health science major.
The members of Stony Brook’s DCI were nominated by Free The Children to take the challenge over the summer. However, they wanted to wait until they were back at school to do it together.
“I think it’s great we are doing this together as an e-board,” Amna Ali, a junior biology major and vice president of DCI, “It’s important to DCI to spread awareness, not just about children, but about other news that is happening around the world too.”
Six of the 13 e-board members braved up to take the challenge that day. Afterwards, the group in total donated 60 dollars to ALS foundation and nominated a few friends of their own.
“We are nominating Stony Brook’s South Asian Student Alliances, Operation Smile Chapter, and The Food Supply,” Ali said. “We chose them because they have a big e-board and it should be fun to watch them complete the challenge.”
None of the three organizations have accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge yet, however.
On the day of the challenge, DCI was there to support finding a cure for ALS, but they were also still trying to help their own organization by selling blue, DCI bracelets.
“The bracelets are sold for 2 dollars each,” said Ali. “Since we are a non profit organization, all the money we raise goes to our cause, which is to sponsor children.”
DCI is an international non-for profit organization that was founded in 2003 to “protect the right of children, stop child labor, and help families lift themselves out of poverty through education, healthcare, family support, and income generating opportunities,” according to their website.
However, while their main focus is on the children, the members of DCI believe there is more to their organization and enjoy spreading awareness for all causes.
“We did the bucket challenge because it brings attention and awareness to the subject,” said Persaud. “Change happens one step at a time and can cause a chain reaction.”