Ice Bucket Challenge - Lake Times/Kiama Independent staff support Adam Regal: video

Adam, Kylie,  Ciara and Ajai Regal tip the bucket on Kiama Independent/Lake Times  journos Brendan Crabb, Kerrielyn Clark, David Hall and Eliza Winkler.

Adam, Kylie, Ciara and Ajai Regal tip the bucket on Kiama Independent/Lake Times journos Brendan Crabb, Kerrielyn Clark, David Hall and Eliza Winkler.

YOU may be tired of the viral MND/ALS Ice Bucket Challenge clogging your newsfeed but Adam Regal and his family can't get enough of it.

 Adam was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in late 2013, aged 30. His father and uncle died of MND when they were aged in their 50s.

MND is a terminal neurological disease that causes death between 1-5 years after diagnoses. For every person diagnosed research states that at least 14 people are negatively effected. 

An estimated 19,000 people currently have MND in Australia. The incidence of this disease is increasing every year.

The Ice Bucket Challenge asks participants to upload a video online of themselves pouring a bucket of ice water over their heads, or donating money and nominating friends to do the same. 

Since a host of celebrities, politicians and public figures have taken up the challenge, more than $100million has been raised in the US and more than $700,000 in Australia since July. 

On Friday the Flinders family: Adam, his wife Kylie and children Ciara and Ajai were on hand to do the ice honours  as the Kiama Independent and Lake Times staff took the challenge.

Adam and Kylie talk about life with MND and Brendan Crabb, Kerrielyn Clark, David Hall and Eliza Winkler get iced by Adam, Kylie, Ciara and Ajai Regal.

Adam and Kylie take the challenge earlier this month. Pictured with children Ciara and Ajai and Adam's sister Renee. Picture ANDY ZAKELI

Adam and Kylie take the challenge earlier this month. Pictured with children Ciara and Ajai and Adam's sister Renee. Picture ANDY ZAKELI

David Hall, Brendan Crabb, Eliza Winkler and Kerrielyn Clark faced the music and donated to Adam's fund-raising cause - the Regal Regiment.   

 Ajai, who had been nominated by a school friend, also took up the challenge on the day.

"We were just happy to help the Regals anyway we could,'' Mrs Clark said. 

"Before the challenge few knew\ow serious, debilitating and devastating Motor Neurone Disease is. 

Adam, Kylie, Ajai and  Ciara Regal prepare to do the Ice Bucket Challenge honours on  Kiama Independent/Lake Times  staff Brendan Crabb, Kerrielyn Clark, David Hall and Eliza Winkler. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Adam, Kylie, Ajai and Ciara Regal prepare to do the Ice Bucket Challenge honours on Kiama Independent/Lake Times staff Brendan Crabb, Kerrielyn Clark, David Hall and Eliza Winkler. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

"Now you'd be hard pushed to find someone who doesn't. That can only be a good thing.''

The Regal Regiment and Rally for the Regals have several events coming up including entering a team in the Sydney Running Festival in September 21, Rock for the Regals at the Kiama Leagues Club on October 24 and a major fundraiser organised by Oak Flats Lions Club at The Shellharbour Club on November 1.

To donate to the Regal Regiment  go to https://give.everydayhero.com/au/regalregiment

For more information about go to mndaust.asn.au.

Kermit the frog takes the challenge.

Professors from Australia's largest Motor Neurone Disease (ALS) research centre accept the Ice Bucket Challenge. To find out more about their research or to donate, check out http://www.mq.edu.au/mnd

To donate to the Regal Regiment go to https://give.everydayhero.com/au/regalregiment

Gerroa surfer Sally Fitzgibbons takes the challenge.

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