Headmaster gets soaked in challenge

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CATHOLIC College Bendigo students were delighted to see headmaster Michael Chalkley get soaked as part of the popular Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday.

Mr Chalkley told an excited audience that he accepted the Star FM bucket challenge and called on other Bendigo principals to also get involved.

Students cheered when school captains Matt Killick, Hannah Gundry and Abe Watson then tipped a generous bucket of icy cold water on Mr Chalkley, completely soaking him.

Mr Chalkley was nominated for the challenge by Star FM host Alex Dearaugo - known as AD - who reveled at the chance to splash the leader of his former school.

Mr Dearaugo said the challenge was a fantastic means of raising awareness about motor neurone disease, which was deserving of greater public attention.

"We wanted to create awareness for a disease that doesn't have much publicity," he said.

"It's mainly about creating awareness."

Mr Chalkley said he was "a bit chilly" but pleased he could take part.

"If the sufferers of motor neuron disease know we're thinking of them then that helps," he said.

"I was happy to do it because it's an insidious disease and if we can raise awareness and some money for a cure then that's a great thing."

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