Ice one James

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Kenny Smith

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang MSP James Kelly has joined thou­sands of oth­ers by tak­ing on the ice bucket chal­lenge this week.

James took up the task af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated by his brother Tony, with two sep­a­rate buck­ets of ice cold wa­ter poured over his head out­side his home in Cam­bus­lang.

The MSP did the chal­lenge to help raise money for the Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease As­so­ci­a­tion, a cause close to his heart fol­low­ing the di­ag­no­sis of for­mer Labour Party staff mem­ber Gordon Aik­man, who has started up a campaign to com­bat the dis­ease.

James said:“My two daugh­ters were quick to vol­un­teer to help pour the wa­ter, it was freez­ing but good fun and raises money and aware­ness for a great cause.’’

It’s the char­ity craze that has swept the na­tion, and res­i­dents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are not be­ing left out when it comes to com­plet­ing the ALS Ice Bucket Chal­lenge.

Dozens of you have sent us your pic­tures of those who have com­pleted the chal­lenge.

Among them is a host of familiar faces, in­clud­ing Cam­bus­lang foot­ball broth­ers Dar­ren and Derek Young and Scot­land rugby star, Dun­can Weir.

Also com­plet­ing the chal­lenge was Ruther­glen Glen­cairn gaffer Wil­lie Harvey, who was nom­i­nated by player Dean Muir and com­mit­tee mem­ber and Re­former cor­re­spon­dent, Peter Fer­gu­son.

The man­ager was on the park dur­ing half-time of Satur­day’s 4-0 win over Vale of Clyde when Dean and goal­keeper JC Hutchi­son got their own back for pre-sea­son train­ing by soak­ing their boss.

Af­ter­wards, Wil­lie said:“It’s a great cause.

“What peo­ple have to re­mem­ber is they are do­ing it for a rea­son and the ice makes your nerves work the way some­one with mo­tor neu­ron dis­ease nerves work all the time.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s also about ras­ing money and that doesn’t need to be for MND. I picked Macmil­lan Can­cer Re­search which is a char­ity close to my heart and close to Glen­cairn’s heart.

“You shouldn’t do the bucket chal­lenge if you aren’t go­ing to do­nate.”

Wil­lie has chal­lenged his en­tire play­ing and back­room staff to do the chal­lenge as well as his wife and daugh­ter.

It’s not just in­di­vid­u­als get­ting in on the fun. Busi­nesses are also get­ting in­volved, among them staff at the Mecca Bingo on Ruther­glen Main Street car­ried out the chal­lenge last week, go­ing on to nom­i­nate their col­leagues at the Mecca Quay.

The chal­lenge dares nom­i­nated peo­ple to dump a bucket of icy wa­ter over them­selves and film it for so­cial me­dia.

It was started to raise aware­ness of the dis­ease amy­otrophic lat­eral scle­ro­sis (ALS).

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