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Latest update : 2014-08-21

Web users take on 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to fight ALS

In this edition: the "Ice Bucket Challenge" sweeps the web, raising money for charity; the online campaign to reunite a little girl with her lost cuddly toy; and a French breakdance champ in a pretty impressive display.

WEB USERS TAKING ON THE 'ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE' TO FIGHT ALS

Throw a freezing cold bucket of water of your head and nominate friends to do the same. This is the new craze sweeping the web. It`s called the “Ice Bucket Challenge” and is for a good cause because anyone who refuses the challenge has to make a donation to a charity or association that deals with neurodegenerative diseases.

As we can see here Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg completed the challenge on August 13, taking the trend to the world of celebrities. He went on to nominate Microsoft boss Bill Gates who also pulled it off. And now other famous faces are taking on the “Ice Bucket Challenge”. From the movie world, Steven Spielberg and ben Stiller, and also form the sporting world, with American basketball player LeBron James for example, or Brazilian football star Neymar.

So the aim is to raise awareness and of course to raise funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is called motor neurone disease in the UK. And as the ALS Foundation, which specializes in research for diseases of the nervous system, reports on its website, its proving extremely successful, with the “Ice Bucket Challenge” raising over 13 million dollars in just three months.

And as these Twitter messages will testify, people suffering from ALS and their families have been deeply touched by this wave of solidarity and have been saying how important the “Ice Bucket Challenge” is in raising awareness of this crippling disease.

ONLINE CAMPAIGN TO REUNITE LITTLE GIRL WITH LOST CUDDY TOY

On August 11th four year old Éliane Mireault from Quebec featured in a Facebook message explaining how she lost her cuddly toy, her doudou at the Hot Air Balloon festival in Saint-Jean-sur Richelieu. Her mum posted the message to the social network and it was soon widely shared with countless web users intent on helping the little girl find her stuffed toy.

Eliane`s Facebook appeal was shared over 270,000 times, and also spread to Twitter. It also garnered support from some well-known local faces including radio presenter Véronique Cloutier and actress Catherine Trudeau.

And the vast mobilization for Éliane Mireault paid off. Just 24 hours after her plea was posted to Facebook, a woman named Eugénie David handed the lost toy into the lost and found office at the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu festival. Something she would not have done had she not learnt online that a child was searching for their lost toy.

Evelyne Mireault has since posted another message to Facebook in which she thanks the woman who found her daughter`s missing toy and expresses her gratitude to the thousands of people who took action to help find it. And little Éliane has also said thank you, and posed for a very happy photo alongside her precious cuddly toy.

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

American artist Lucinda Wieringa has been a professional sand sculptor for over thirty years, and is now sharing photos of some her best pieces, like these impressive sand castles, on Instagram. Temporary artworks that are proving hugely popular online, she already has over 13,000 followers.

STATS OF THE DAY

Two hours and fifteen minutes. That`s how long it takes to walk across Paris, from North to South. If you hailed one of the 19,612 taxis in the French capital, it wouldn`t take nearly so long. This infographic was put together by france.fr and features all manner of interesting facts and figures about Paris. Did you know the pigeon population is estimated at around 90,000 or that the sewer rats get rid of 9 kilos of trash every second?

A TOOL TO VIRTUALLY CLIMB MOUNT EVEREST

The "Everest Avalanche Tragedy" app takes you up the 8848 meters of Mount Everest in the Himalayas. The interactive tool was developed by the Sherpa Foundation in tribute to the 16 Nepalese guides who were killed in an avalanche on April 18. The interactive simulation also features the devastating radio recordings from the day of the avalanche.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

In this video we see French breakdance champion Arthur Cadre showcasing his talent in an impressive display. You can watch the video in its entirety on the GoPro YouTube channel.

By Electron Libre

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