Ziyi was nominated by Wang Lee Hom (My Lucky Star) to take up the Ice Bucket Challenge. The actress nominated TFBoys, Han Geng, and Sophie Marceau!
The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ craze has spread to Asia, with numerous Asian superstars gamely taking up the challenge to splash icy water over their heads, in order to raise awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
ALS is a disease that damages the sufferer’s nerves and eventually leaves the sufferer paralysed.
Among those who took up the challenge were Andy Lau, Jay Chou, Donnie Yen, Zhang Ziyi, Wang Lee Hom, Singaporean Mandopop duo By2 and members of Taiwan band Mayday.
The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ originated in the US. The premise of the challenge is simple. The participant either records a video of him or herself getting splashed over the head with icy water and posts it online or makes a donation to help fund ALS-related medical research.
Those who complete the challenge can then challenge others to take up the same challenge within 24 hours.
The ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ has gained the support of many US luminaries like Taylor Swift, Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga, who have inspired others to take up the challenge as well.