Mayor takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Challenge accepted! Penticton Mayor Garry Litke was nominated to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – and he made good on the challenge with the help of members of the Penticton Fire Department outside City Hall.

“The Ice Bucket Campaign is designed to raise awareness of ALS and funds to support families struggling with the disease. I encourage everyone in Penticton to brave the ice water and consider donating funds as well,” said Mayor Garry Litke.

Watch the video: or check out the City of Penticton Facebook page.

Mayor Litke nominated three people to take the Ice Bucket Challenge –Penticton MLA Dan Ashton, Okanagan-Coquilhalla MP Dan Albas and all visiting Valley First Challenge Penticton Canada athletes after they finish Sunday's race.

The Ice Bucket Challenge was designed to help raise awareness and funds for ALS and support families living with this disease. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease. People living with the disease become progressively paralyzed due to degeneration of the upper and lower motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Eighty per cent of people with ALS die within two to five years of diagnosis – unable to breathe or swallow. Ten per cent of those affected may live for 10 years or longer. ALS has no known cure or effective treatment yet. Approximately 2,500 to 3,000 Canadians currently live with this fatal disease.

Donate or drop by City Hall to fill “Mayor Litke” helmet. All funds will go to ALS Canada.