An icy douse for a good cause: First responders take up a “cold water challenge”

Coldwater Challenge

Okaloosa Sheriff Deputy Sonya Shepard chose to be doused with ice water from students and volunteers at Destin Elementary School for her challenge.

Special to The Log
Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 03:19 PM.

A new social media challenge that has been sweeping the country has now begun to pick up steam here on the Emerald Coast. It’s called the Cold Water Challenge and the rules are simple.

- Open your social media page and find a nomination, you have been challenged to douse yourself fully in ice water and then donate $20 to a charity chosen by your friend.

- You have 24 hours to complete the challenge or pay the consequence, which is to donate $100 to the chosen charity.

- If you accept the challenge, you must videotape your successful ice dunk and post it to YouTube or Facebook.

- Now you are eligible to nominate up to five more friends to take the challenge, and are able to choose the charity for your friends give to, and also give $20 to your new chosen charity.

“The whole thing was intended to be a friendly little competition between first responders in the name of raising funds for worthy charities,” said Okaloosa Sheriff Deputy Sonya Shepard. “The challenge has gone viral. People from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies all over the country have participated.”

Although the origin of the challenge is unknown, the social media fad has sprung up nationwide encompassing not only first responders, but the general community as well.

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