Monday 26 January 2015

VIDEO: Sharon Ni Bheolain does ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’- as €3,000 raised for Motor Neuron Disease charity

Published 20/08/2014 | 12:28

Sharon gets the ice water thrown over her
Sharon after the challenge
Sharon Ni Bheolain

RTE newsreader Sharon Ni Bheolain has agreed to do the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ – after €1,000 was raised for Motor Neuron Disease.

The news reader was challenged by Jenny Greene on 2FM.

Today on their radio show the DJ revealed she has set up a charity page to raise funds for the challenge.

She told listeners:

“You can get involved and get us up to the grand in cash. I reckon we can do it.

“We’re gonna get it. I know we’re gonna get it. If we got a bit more I’d be over the moon."

The newsreader took part in the challenge after the Six: One news tonight.


However within an hour of the page being set up the goal was met - and the amount raised currently stands at €2,242.22.

She said: “I have to confess I'm not always the biggest fan of nominate or celebrity challenges but I have to make an exception for Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Sharon after the challenge

“Having witnessed their brilliant work and unfaltering support for family and care givers personally I will happily take my ice shower in exchange for pledges of at least €1,000. So dig deep for IMNDA and I’ll step up to the plate.”

Raising funds for Motor Neuron Disease is close to the hearts of many in the RTE newsroom – legendary sports presenter Colm Murray passed away last year after a three year battle with the illness.

Donations flooded in after the page was created – Jenny Greene donated €100 while RTE’s head of News and Current Affairs Kevin Bakhurst donated €20.

Those who wish to contribute towards the challenge can do so by clicking here.

Text MND to 50300 to donate €2 to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA).

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