UNLESS you've been living under a rock, you have probably seen everyone from celebrities to everyday people complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The viral mega-fundraiser has spread worldwide through social media aided by the participant nominating three others to take part.

Senator for Queensland James McGrath joined the global phenomenon yesterday, creating awareness and personally donating $100.

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord. Sufferers lose muscle control, which can lead to paralysis.

There is no effective treatment and no cure.

FROSTY CHALLENGE: Senator James McGrath takes the Ice Bucket Challenge.
FROSTY CHALLENGE: Senator James McGrath takes the Ice Bucket Challenge. Warren Lynam

Senator McGrath said anything creating awareness for a good cause was a plus.

"The Ice Bucket Challenge has come about because Dave Sharma, who is our Australian ambassador to Israel, challenged me on Twitter and I thought if somebody who's living in a war zone can do it then James McGrath here at Cotton Tree can do it," he said.

"There are 300,000 people on the Coast so if everyone gave a dollar that'd be $300,000 that would go to

motor-neurone research."

As of Saturday the frosty challenge had raised more than $62.5 million compared to $2.4 million during the same time period (July 29 to August 23) last year.

Motor Neurone Disease Australia national executive director Carol Birks said the challenge was a great way to create awareness.

Funds raised have come from existing donors as well as 1.2 million new donors to the association.

A number of celebrities and politicians around the world have taken part including Bill Gates, David Beckham, George Bush, Mark Zuckerberg, Mel B, SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis, Tom Cruise and Will Smith.


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