Pupils give teachers chills over ice bucket challenge

Punchbowl Primary School pupils   Henry, 9, and Molly Woolcock, 12, and  teacher Loretta Kenny  in the ice  bucket challenge yesterday.  Picture: MARK JESSER

Punchbowl Primary School pupils Henry, 9, and Molly Woolcock, 12, and teacher Loretta Kenny in the ice bucket challenge yesterday. Picture: MARK JESSER

IT IS a thought that has likely crossed the mind of many school students – pouring a bucket of ice-cold water over a teacher’s head.

However, yesterday that thought became a reality for Punchbowl Primary School pupils Molly and Henry Woolcock, who nominated teachers Jacky Bennett and Loretta Kenny for an ‘‘ice bucket challenge’’.

The concept sees people dare each other to tip a bucket of ice water over their own head to raise awareness for various diseases.

If the nominated person refuses, they are asked to donate $100 to a particular charity of the nominator’s choosing.

The concept has gone global on social media, with a number of celebrities filming their own videos of the challenge.

Twelve-year-old Molly Woolcock said her ice bucket challenge was to raise awareness for motor neurone disease.

‘‘This is for my aunty who is battling motor neurone disease,’’ she said.

‘‘We just thought it would be a great way to raise awareness and encourage people to donate.’’

Year 5 and  6 teacher Ms Bennett said she was nervous before undertaking the challenge in front of the entire school yesterday.

However, she admitted she would do anything to help raise awareness.

‘‘It’s such a good cause and the students are obviously really passionate about it,’’ she said.

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