Businesses of Armidale, open your wallets and donate for a chance to dump a bucket of icy cold water on Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.
The New England MP will be in Armidale on August 11 to take the Ice Bucket Challenge and the local business who donates the most money to MND NSW will drench the Deputy Prime Minister in icy water.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall will be sitting in parliament on Thursday but said he would walk out of parliament at 12:30 to simultaneously tip a bucket of icy water on his head with Mr Joyce.
“I’ll live-stream it on Facebook,” he said,
Armidale Regional Council administrator Ian Tiley will also take the plunge and MND sufferer Clare Vickery, who nominated the trio will also attend.
The competition to soak the administrator will be open to the sacked former Armidale Dumaresq and Guyra Shire Councillors.
The former Councillor who donates the most money to MND NSW, will win the chance to dunk the new administrator.
Ms Vickery and her husband Chris took the challenge last month on a freezing Armidale morning.
Armidale Business Chamber operating officer Tracy Pendergast said she was sure the Armidale business community would get behind the cause.
“How many times in your life will you get to go home and say you dumped a bucket of water on the Deputy Prime Minister’s head,” she said.
“Only in Australian would you get to do that.
“He’s a great sport, it’s no small feat in the middle of an Armidale winter.”
It is two years since the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral on social media.
But with more Australians are dying of motor neurone disease than ever before, MND Australia is encouraging people to take the challenge ever August until a cure is found.
Two Australians die from MND every day and there is no effective treatment or cure.
To support the cause, visit the live donation page at https://mndspirit.everydayhero.com/au/barnaby-joyce-ice-bucket-challenge
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