Indian journalist starts rice bucket challenge
If you haven't been living in a cave, you know about the recent ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that's taken the internet by storm. But I bet you don't know about the recently started Rice Bucket Challenge.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a huge success. Like wildfire, the challenge has spread all over the world, with big shots and celebrities taking part. So far, it's raised over 88 million dollars for ALS research, in the hopes that one day a cure will be found for this disease that affects so many. People are able to donate money AND have a little bit of fun at the same time, which is a win-win for everybody.
A journalist in India, Manju Latha Kalanidhi, decided to follow in the footsteps of the Ice Bucket Challenge, but not by dumping ice over her head. She created the Rice Bucket Challenge, where all you do is donate a bowl of rice to the poor and hungry. India has a huge poverty problem, and Manju wanted to do something to help in any way she could. A few days ago, she created a Facebook page, and it's already got a 41,000 Likes!
As Manju wrote, this is "Desi needs for Desi people." With an estimated 400 million people living in poverty in India, let's hope that this Rice Challenge catches fire like the Ice Challenge.
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