Toronto Police officers have been enduring a cold front this August in support of a good cause.
Corporate Communications Constable Victor Kwong took an icy shower in support of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge out front of headquarters August 19.
When 43 Division crime prevention officer Constable Randy Arsenault threw down the gauntlet for him to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Kwong knew there was no way he could turn it down.
“I had to take part because I was challenged and it’s for a good cause,” said Kwong, who pitched in cash for the cause as well as captured a unique perspective on his public drenching on a GoPro camera. “It raises awareness and donations for a disease that is so difficult for people to endure. It’s hard to imagine how hard it would be to go through or having a family member be stricken with ALS.”
Arsenault offered a reason for choosing Kwong to participate in the fundraising campaign that has evolved into a social media sensation.
“I am jealous of Victor’s twitter handle (@CopWithTheHair),” he said.
Arsenault joined the campaign after using social media to inform people how they could get involved to help theALS Society of Canada.
“I was challenged by @RobCairns who I work with in our Division,” he said.
People who have ice water poured over their heads are required to donate at least $10 to ALS and also choose three new people for the challenge.
Deputy Chief Mike Federico, Superintendent Frank Bergen, the unit commander at 14 Division, and Staff Sergeant Ronald Khan, of Divisional Policing Support Unit, are among officers who have taken part in the fundraising campaign.