MANILA -- Former professional wrestler Dave Bautista took on the challenge by “Guardians of the Galaxy” co-star Chris Pratt to take a bath in ice-cold water and now wants boxer Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire to do the same.
Aimed at raising awareness and cash for the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease, the Ice Bucket Challenge has become a viral craze in the United States in recent weeks.
It involves celebrities soaking themselves in icy water before challenging other well-known personalities to do the same -- or else make a donation to the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Foundation, which heads the fight against Lou Gehrig's.
In a video posted on his Facebook account on Monday, the 45-year-old part-Filipino, more popularly known by his wrestling name Batista, said he idolizes the baseball legend, even showing his tattoo of Gehrig.
After plunging in a tub of iced water, he then called out Donaire, as well as “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn and mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano to follow suit.
Other athletes who have accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge include NBA superstar LeBron James and football heartthrob Cristiano Ronaldo.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, TV star Jimmy Fallon, singer Justin Timberlake and actor Mickey Rourke have all taken the challenge in recent weeks.
Even the 86-year-old widow of Robert Kennedy, Ethel Kennedy, has taken the challenge -- urging President Barack Obama to follow suit. Obama declined, but made a donation instead.
According to the ALS, the scheme has raised $5.7 million since its launch on July 29. – With a report from Agence France-Presse