由美國漸凍人協會 The ALS Association 發起的 冰桶挑戰 Ice Bucket Challenge 

前所未有的創意掀起一股全球性的旋風,卻也惹出不少爭議 

直到現在風頭過後,你曾想過它背後所帶來的隱憂嗎?

以下是「冰桶挑戰」背後,你該知道的事實......

 

 Many mainly do this to feel or look good and not to help others 

冰桶挑戰淪為作秀工具

 

 

Many people are just jumping in the bandwagon. How will someone know that you are done donating to the charity if you will do this quietly? Of course, the answer would be posting this to social media but it may appear that you are a braggart or a self-narcissistic attention seeker.

 

The best way for them to know about your deed is to participate in a viral or chain fun challenge. Who knows, even if you don’t donate a single cent, at least you have joined the fad.

 

許多人的響應純粹只為了跟上潮流,並不明白其背後的意義。再來,誰會希望「為善不欲人知」呢?果然,響應活動的影片隨之席捲各大社群網站、攻占媒體版面,原本出於善心的活動,最後演變成個人作秀的工具。像這類病毒式的活動,最容易受到利用,即使你可能連半毛錢都沒捐出去,人家也會以為有你一份。

 

The ultimate question will be “Will you donate again to ALS.org?”

It would be better for charities to make people connect instead of making them do a trend that will result in receiving donations only within a short term of time.

最根本的問題是:「你會持續捐款嗎?」

相信漸凍人需要的是大眾的瞭解並能感同身受,更勝於短期大量蜂擁而入的捐款。

 

▪ Bandwagon (n.) 浪潮;時尚

  Climb / jump on the bandwagon 跟潮流

▪ Narcissistic (adj.) 自我陶醉的;自戀的

 

 

 Millions of dollars has been lost to other charities 

其餘慈善機構喪失更多募款機會

 

 

Since they have the illusion that they donated big on helping ALS, they will donate less to other charities because those did not catch up their interest. Everyone can donate to charities but not everyone are willing to donate without being recognized or without having to do a noticeable gig.

當人們察覺自己已經為公益盡一份心力後,其他慈善機構只可能募得更少的資金,因為相較於ALS,它們沒有新奇有趣的活動來吸引他人投入捐款。默默行善的人總是少之又少,畢竟高調行善總是比較吸引人的。

 

ALS has raised funds but millions of dollars has been lost to other charities because it has grabbed all the potential donors’ attention.

漸凍人協會在成功募集了上百萬美元的同時,卻也意味著其他慈善單位失去了這麼多的資金來源。

 

 

 There is no sense of urgency 並沒有迫切需要

 

 

ALS is a rare disease and it is not an alarming disease or fatal disease that is spreading like wildfire. It is good to fund the ALS research to have a world without this disease but as of now, it is overfunded and many urgent concerns must be given attention just like finding cure to Ebola virus or funding a heart disease foundation or even going to the World Vision or UNICEF. Millions of people in need are experiencing a slow and painful death because they don’t have access to healthcare, food and clean environment. The foundations that needed the most money are usually the ones that have only raised a small amount.

 

漸凍症並非短期爆發的致命傳染病。能夠投入大量資金進行研究,使這種罕見疾病消失在世界上當然再好不過,然而不可否認的事實是,ALS已接受了過多的捐款,非洲爆發的伊波拉病毒、心臟病基金會、世界展望會及聯合國兒童基金會或許更需要那筆資金。世界上同時還有幾百萬人正面臨緩慢而痛苦的生命威脅,包括衛生、飢餓與環境破壞問題等等。

那些最需要幫助的弱勢族群,卻經常得不到最即時的援助。

 

▪ Urgency (n.) 緊急;迫切

▪ Alarming (adj.) 告急的

▪ UNICEF 聯合國兒童基金會 = Nations International Children's Emergence Fund

 

 

 Millions of gallons of water are wasted 大量水資源的浪費

 

 

Why are they so concerned on turning the faucet on while brushing the teeth or cleaning a toilet seat while on doing this challenge, they have lots of ice inside a large bucket and pour this to themselves as if they did not waste water?

人們對於日常生活用水斤斤計較,卻樂於將裝滿冰塊的水桶往自己身上倒,這又是什麼道理呢?

 

Since many are now doing this, there will be a huge chance of having water shortages around the world. They have raised millions of dollars for ALS but in exchange of wasting a valuable life resource.

由於全世界都這麼做,恐怕區域水資源短缺的風險也將大大提高。

好不容易募集了幾百萬元,卻是用珍貴的水資源換取的。

 

Charities’ job is to promote awareness and catch the people’s interest to make a donation. However, it will be better if they will just host an event, do a mud or sand challenge where the resources will just be recycled, plant a tree in the backyard challenge or make anything or everything that will gain good results to the donor’s side and to the environment.

慈善團體需要做的是喚起大眾意識,並吸引人們捐款救助。

也許舉辦個「泥漿挑戰」或「沙堆挑戰」也能達到同樣效果,且可回收當成種植材料,豈不是對環境更有幫助。

 

▪ Faucet (n.) 水龍頭

 

 

漸凍症知識充電站:

 

其實「漸凍症」又稱為 Lou Gehrig's Disease

那麼 Lou Gehrig 又是誰呢?

 


 

Lou Gehrig可說是洋基隊的傳奇人物之一

曾創下連續先發出賽2130場的驚人紀錄 

不幸被診斷出罹患漸凍症後,球隊為了紀念他,將他專屬的4號球衣退休了。

 

 

資料參考:Goweloveit.info 

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