Bendigo police do ice bucket challenge; photos, video

FORTY members at Bendigo Police Station drenched themselves with icy water to raise awareness of motor neuron disease on Thursday. 

Participants stood in a line and, in domino fashion, poured buckets of water and ice over their heads as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge. 

Three Golden Square Primary School students joined the members. 

Sergeant Len Ladner, who put the call out to his colleagues to participate, said he received an overwhelming response, with members from all departments taking up the challenge - a cause close to his heart. 

"I have a good friend who was recently diagnosed," he said. 

"I thought it was a good idea to jump on board and show our support and raise money for research."

"At the moment motor neuron disease is a fatal disease - it doesn't have any cure."

The challenge, which began in America earlier in the year, sees people drenched with a bucket of iced water to raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

In Australia and most other parts of the world ALS is known as motor neuron disease.

Since it started, the campaign, which has gone viral, has raised thousands of dollars for research. 

Grade 6 student Jazmine Dole said she wanted to help make a difference to the lives of people with MND.

"I know there is no cure," she said.  

"It was really cold but I like doing it with my friends by my side."

Sergeant Ladner said there was no limit to the amount of money members hoped to raise. 

"We will keep taking donations for the next couple of weeks," he said. 

"If you can afford it, if you want to raise money (please do)."

Sergeant Ladner said Bendigo members had nominated Ballarat Police Station to do the challenge. 

He said Ballarat members had accepted and would participate on Friday. 

To donate, visit www.mndaust.asn.au 

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