Is #ShakeEbolaOff the New ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? Kevin Bacon Says Yes!

Oct 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm |
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People waiting to be screened as part of protective measures against the Ebola virus, next to a warning sign at a border crossing with Sierra Leone in Liberia’s western Cape Mount province, the country’s first province to be quarantined. ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images

Actor Kevin Bacon just joined the ranks of people participating in a new internet challenge–showing off your “moves” for awareness and funding against the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

Only a few weeks ago the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge finished clogging your news feeds with friends, family, and strangers tossing buckets of ice over their heads to help raise money for Louis Gehrig’s disease. The incredibly successful campaign succeeded in raising over $100 million dollars for the ALS Association, a 3,500% increase from their donations the prior year, reports Forbes. Naturally, the model for #ShakeEbolaOff is almost identical. Participants “challenge” friends and family via their favorite social media platform to either post a video of themselves dancing within 48 hours of the challenge, or donate money to Emergency USA–of course, the idea is that you do both. Here’s what the charity’s website tells us about them:

“Emergency USA is an organization that provides top-of-the-line free health care to war-torn and poverty-stricken areas around the world.  Due to the Ebola outbreak they are currently running the ONLY fully-functioning hospital in Sierra Leone and are training healthcare officials to deal with the outbreak in the region. They have also opened the first Ebola Treatment Center near Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, and are building another 90-bed center nearby.”

“In efforts to support the amazing organizations on the ground in Sierra Leone who are battling the ebola outbreak, the End Ebola Now team presents our new challenge campaign, #ShakeEbolaOff.  Step Up to the challenge to raise funds and awareness for Emergency USA, an organization that provides top-of-the-line free health care to war-torn and poverty-stricken areas around the world.  Due to the Ebola outbreak, they are currently running the ONLY fully-functioning hospital in Sierra Leone and are training healthcare officials to deal with the outbreak in the region. They have also opened the first Ebola Treatment Center near Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, and are building another 90-bed center nearby.”

Kevin Bacon and the Denver Broncos cheerleaders are among some of the first celebrity participants in the campaign. With an American now dead from the terrifying disease, perhaps the general public will now feel even more inclined to jump to Africa’s aid.

Will #ShakeEbolaOff work as well as #ALSIceBucketChallenge did or was that a #OneTimeDeal?

Check out their website and donate at EndEbolaNow.com

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Now that you’re finished pouring a bucket of ice water over your head, you can try showing off your dance moves for charity. Will you #ShakeEbolaOff?