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Tuesday 23 September 2014

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

Published 20/08/2014 | 12:28

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

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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.

“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.”

Sharon after the challenge

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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