Buckets of icy pluck needed for this dare

Mt Kembla Lowries players Dale Lund, Dale Laidlaw and Ryan Egan douse Brenton Nobbs in icy water as part of a challenge for charity. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Mt Kembla Lowries players Dale Lund, Dale Laidlaw and Ryan Egan douse Brenton Nobbs in icy water as part of a challenge for charity. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Only a strategically placed football protected Mt Kembla Lowries player Brenton Nobbs from the elements as he took part in an icy challenge after training last week.

The 30-year-old added some footy shorts when he redid the dare on Sunday so the Mercury could get a shot of the latest social media craze to go viral.

Charities across the world are benefiting from the ice challenge, which requires nominated participants to have buckets of icy water thrown over them.

The rules vary but usually if they complete the dare, they donate $10 to a charity of their choice and nominate a further five friends; if they choose not to do it they have to donate $100.

The Mt Kembla Lowries have added another twist for nominated players - if they do the challenge in the buff, with just a football allowed for modesty, then the club also donates $50 to charity.

For Mr Nobbs it was a no-brainer. He stripped, climbed into an ice box and got doused in icy water on Thursday after training when it was cold and gale-force winds blew.

"When I was nominated I just wanted to make the most money I could for charity," he said.

"Because I did it in the nude the club put in $50 and my employer, the Mt Kembla hotel, also put in $50.

"I chose for my donations to go to the Jane McGrath Foundation [a breast cancer support and education charity]."

Teammate Dale Laidlaw has also taken on the challenge, with the Cancer Council his charity of choice, and there's more nominations awaiting action.

Club president, and player, Dale Lund said: "We try to do our bit to help out charities where we can and this is something which has caught on," he said.

Thousands of people are taking part in the challenge across the globe, and uploading their clips on social media sites.

The practice does come with a note of warning: participants are being advised not to mix the ice challenge with alcohol after a 40-year-old New Zealand man died from a heart attack after he did the dare and then drank a large amount of bourbon.

A spokesman for Willis Tepania's family said: "Alcohol has nothing to do with the ice challenge."

Another relative said the death was not linked to the stunt.

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