Brain freeze, courtesy of the ice-bucket brigade

Dave White
Published on August 28, 2014

People, in momentous fits of unbridled passion, neither either good nor especially bad always, occasion to tell one another how they really feel.

Someone who tells you one time they 'hate your guts' may sometime later kiss your belly and recite the sweetest poem. Just kidding. Beware of haters. Don't hate. Donate!

The ice-bucket brigade

The current rush to support ALS victims, to fund research into more meaningful outcomes and to aid the final search for a probable cure for the debilitating and life-ending illness that roughly affects one in 50,000 Canadians, is certainly encouraging.

Some 5,000 of those presently affected — who eventually will be unable to breath or swallow — may die within five years of diagnosis. There is no known cure. Every dollar helps.

Extrapolated, worldwide, many people need help. In social media, the latest ALS fundraiser has gone viral.

ALS Canada describes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, as a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed.

"Ten per cent of those affected by ALS may live for 10 years or longer."

Brain freeze

That is what it was for me, I'll tell you. I have my story and I am stickin' to it. Take a brain breath for long sentences. It seems long, brave time spent standing there as what is about to come actually comes.

One has no idea what one may say after one's head gets pummeled by hundreds of ice cubes and one's body is taken in sheer surprise by the quick-chilled reality brought on cold, cold, cold water designed especially for an occasion oneself has agreed to be dumped upon.

You could scream, hoot, howl, or even swear or curse with the shock of the stock pot, the baby bath, the beef buckets, big bath tubs and the huge payloads which get dumped on some citizens of this planet who have exposed themselves in the name of a such a good as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. You may have heard of it. Online video ever testifies.

People in beautiful Bay of Islands, as anywhere else, have been coming to the fore, accepting the challenge, donating and challenging others to do the same.

 I am still waiting to see social media video of friends, family and co-workers, including Glenn Pennell, Basil Park and Howard Parsons.

The challenges keep coming and ALS Canada is on target for $5 million-plus in donor contributions.

From over the ocean

Stefanie-M, otherwise a girl, we'd assume, who had a ship named for her, is really the visible name borne broadside and at the stern of a 165-foot longliner yet said about a month from its maiden voyage testing its fishing capabilities on this side of the North Atlantic Ocean. It reportedly worked some part of 30 years overseas as both a dragger and a seiner.

All the way from Northern Ireland, registered out of the county of KIlkeel, the newest addition to the Barry fishing fleet which safely ended a eight and a half day journey on some 2,240 nautical miles safely navigated to its home port on the old Birchy Cove waterfront last Saturday morning, is currently undergoing inspection and necessary refits.

Shared by local skippers and probable future skippers like Chesley McCarthy and Patrick Barry, homegrown Bay of Islands talent, the first part of their journey home admittedly found rough passage butting 20-foot-plus waves on the second day of the Stefanie-M crossing, without unfortunate incident. Aside from some big swells, mostly smooth sailing was reported to have otherwise prevailed through the duration of the voyage.

Bay of Islands fish magnates, brothers Bill and Jim Barry, oversee daily work to have the vessel certified for operation in Canadian waters.

School attention

The new school year starts inside the fortnight, Sept. 3.

After Labour Day according to the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District news at , public schools look to reopen as bus drivers facing rough passage over certain sections of the north and south shore Bay of Islands highways. School next ends June 25, 2015.

Red shoes and you

The Red Shoe Crew Walk for Families, a Templeton Academy fundraiser in support on the Ronald McDonald House hostel for medical recovery, goes Sept. 21 this year.

Public relations gal Cindy Wells reports that Templeton's RMH charity event begins as "a joint effort. . . . to recruit volunteers from every community on the north shore (of Bay of Islands) to help distribute pledge sheets and posters to mailboxes and convenience stores, and just spread the word on the event."

After the walk, a 'Celebration of Families' social (with food, music and a host of fun activity) finds time to "acknowledge and celebrate the strength in families being together.

"The purpose of the RMH is to provide a families a home away from home while your child is sick, so that you can be together and help speed the healing process.

"The RMH in St. John's is across the street from the Janeway hospital." The Templeton Red Shoe Crew is looking for representatives from Cox's Cove, McIvers and Gillams to help with this years walk in support of Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador

In its first two years, Templeton staff, students, parents and community supports have helped the cause raise some $12,000.

"We know with your help this can be the most successful walk to date," says Wells. "Please mark your calendar and help spread the word."

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