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Ward 6 candidate Mike Bloxamtakes icy plunge, challenges community leaders

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Candidate takes icy plunge, challenges community leaders

Ward 6 candidate Mike Bloxam got soaked at the Gibbons Park splash pad this week, but the water was a little chillier than usual.

Bloxam took on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the social media campaign raising money and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The campaign calls on participants to dump a bucket full of ice water over their heads, share a video of the experience online, donate to research on the disease, and challenge a other few others to do the same.

Bloxam, who took the Ice Bucket Challenge after a humid evening canvassing in Old North, challenged retiring Ward 6 councillor Nancy Branscombe to do it next. He also challenged Glen Pearson and Jane Roy, directors of the London Food Bank where Bloxam has volunteered for 15 years, to share one big bucket of ice.

“In addition to raising money and awareness for a disease that affects thousands of people, this challenge is a great chance for community leaders to show their fun side,” Bloxam said. “I hope that Nancy, Glen, and Jane see it that way too.”

If they’re not up to the challenge, Branscombe, Pearson, and Roy have a way out. The ALS Association rules allow someone who’s been challenged to avoid the ice for a $100 donation. Of course, even those who are brave enough to go ahead are encouraged to donate. Along with the video of him dumping ice water over his head, Bloxam has made a contribution to ALS research.

Watch the video on Bloxam’s blog at mikebloxam.blogspt.com, on the Mike Bloxam for Ward 6 councillor Facebook page, or on Twitter at @Mike_Bloxam.

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About ALS:
Ø Amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is also known as motor neurone disease, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Ø It is a neurodegenerative disease with various causes. It is characterised by muscle spasms, muscle atrophy, and difficulty speaking, swallowing, and breathing.
Ø Donations support ALS research can be made at www.als.ca or www.alsa.org

About Mike Bloxam:
Ø Mike Bloxam is running for London City Council in Ward 6, which includes Old North, Sherwood Forest, Orchard Park, Cherryhill, and Western University.
Ø Bloxam is a long-time London business owner and a member of city hall’s Advisory Committee on the Environment
Ø He began his campaign February 18 and has concentrated on meeting Ward 6 voters at their doors to hear their priorities and concerns for the city.
Ø He is also a committed community volunteer, involved with organizations such as the London Food Bank, ReForest London, and All-Breed Canine Rescue.

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​​Mike Bloxam​
Candidate ​for Ward 6 Councillor

​Campaign hotline: 519-518-2273
E-mail: mike@bloxam.ca
​Web site: bloxam.ca

Facebook: Mike Bloxam for Ward 6 Councillor
Twitter: @Mike_Bloxam
Google+: +MikeBloxamLondon

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