There are two new bucket challenges making an impact on social media. The #RubbleBucketChallenge is in support of Palestine and it’s not asking for monetary aid, but for people to mimic the challenge’s creator, Gazan university student, Maysam Yusef in dumping rubble on themselves to show solidarity with the Palestinian people.
The other is the #RiceBucketChallenge and it is challenging people to cook or buy a bucket of rice/biryani and give it to someone needy, snap a photo and tag #RiceBucketChallenge and your friends to join you. Hyderabad-based journalist Manju Latha Kalanidhi launched this challenge because India needed an “Indian version” of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for “Indian needs.” 210 million, or a quarter of the world’s population, are hungry in India, alone. The #RiceBucketChallenge has already caught on and since it was created on August 24th, has gained 4,000 likes.
Both challenges are doing what the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has done–raised awareness for their respective causes. The ALS challenge has raised a whopping $88 million! If people were willing to pour ice cold water all over themselves, certainly they can participate in these challenges.
“Although we cannot bring the families buried under the rubble of their homes back to life. we still can stop it from continuing to happen,” Yusef wrote on the #RubbleBucketChallenge’s Facebook page. “Dare to accept the challenge for #Gaza and for the future of humanity.”
He continues, “Help us raise the international awareness on the genocide Israel is committing against the people of Gaza. Although we cannot bring the families buried under the rubble of their homes back to life. we still can stop it from continuing to happen. Dare to accept the challenge for #Gaza and for the future of humanity.”
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took the internet by storm and many of our favorite celebs and many of us participated in the pouring of ice cold water on ourselves for treating ALS. We’ve seen the sheer power of social media and how we can use it’s ability to spread awareness faster than ever before. Actor and comedian, Orlando Jones launched the #BulletBucketChallenge to have people love without limits, listen without prejudice and reverse the hate, in response to Michael Brown’s tragic shooting death. Social activism is heavy on the internet right now and it’s awesome to see people are actually participating to effect change, even if it’s only for the sake of participating in a trend.
We wonder what other challenges will surface as a result of everyone launching these very effective challenges? Will you participate in any of them? Sound off in the comments below.
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