Alternatives to the Ice Bucket Challenge
1. 300 Spiders
Would you be willing to spend three entire weeks locked in a small cubicle with 300 spiders? Probably not, but that’s exactly what Australian Nick Le Souef done in order to raise money for a children’s charity called Variety. To be fair, he tends to do this kind of stuff all the time. He previously spent time in a pit filled with snakes and a shark tank. Even so, we’re not talking about harmless daddy longlegs here. The spiders included dangerous and potentially fatal species like the redback.
2. Trek across Australia
We think that Nick is pretty crazy, but in a good way. He also isn’t the only Australian to go to extreme lengths for their favorite charity. Jacob French wanted to support the Starlight Foundation, a charity for kids with life-threatening conditions, so he decided to walk across Australia. For added bonus points (and difficulty) he did it while wearing a Storm Trooper costume. That might seem like an odd choice, but Jacob is actually part of the 501st Legion, an organization of Star Wars enthusiasts who do all kinds of charitable events.
3. Journey to Pittsburgh
Sometimes we all make a bold statement that we hope we don’t really have to back up and, more often than not, the Universe enjoys watching us eat our words. That could have been the case with former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher and announcer Jim Rooker. He was so certain of the Pirates’ victory against the Philadelphia Phillies that he said he would “walk home” if they lost. And they did. To his credit, Rooker kept his word and undertook a 300+ mile journey home on foot. Of course, the entire event turned into a charitable opportunity with donations that benefitted the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.
4. Squeeze away
Two rules for a successful charity campaign are “Play to your strengths” and “Controversy creates cash”. The first one refers to doing what you do best. If you’re a restaurant, you will obviously want to offer food or discounts or something like that. However, if you are a porn channel, you should probably rely on your employees’ best assets. That’s what Paradise TV, a Japanese porn channel did. Basically, it got its 10 most popular female porn stars and allowed men to squeeze their breasts after they made a donation. This brings us to point #2 because, as you would imagine, this strategy created a lot of controversy and public outcry. In the end, though, it was still done in order to benefit the Stop! Aids Foundation and it was still a lot better than their initial idea of having a woman lose her virginity and stream the whole thing.
5. Slug it out in the ring
Two Canadian politicians found a way to resolve their differences and to raise money for cancer research at the same time – meet in the ring. Going forward, this really should be how all political issues are resolved. The Canadian Liberal Member of Parliament Justin Trudeau and Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau went head to head in a boxing match that managed to raise record sums for Fight for the Cure.