ALS ice bucket challenge growing in Truro

Published on August 21, 2014
Employees at the Sobeys on Prince Street in Truro undertook the ALS ice bucket challenge Thursday morning. The Truro Fire Service helped fill a front end loader, courtesy of Millen Farms, with water before ice was added.
Raissa Tetanish - Truro Daily News

TRURO - What's become an online sensation over the past week has been growing substantially in Truro and surrounding areas.

On Thursday, roughly 20 staff members at the Sobeys on Prince Street had a front end loader bucket full of ice water dumped on them as part of the ALS ice bucket challenge. (See related video here.)

Store manager Paul DeCoste said an employee had mentioned doing the challenge, and the idea grew from there.

Thanks to support from Millen Farms in Great Village and the Truro Fire Service, the staff got soaked Thursday morning. Each employee was asked to make a donation to the cause - ALS Canada - and $500 was raised in total.

Before being dumped on, DeCoste began to tell the crowd, as well as a video, who was being nominated to continue with the challenge - the Sobeys store on Robie Street in Truro, DeCoste's boss Tim Baglole, and the Sobeys stores in New Glasgow and Elmsdale. But the speech was cut short when the bucket of water was dumped.

Along with the Sobeys crew, other challenges that have occurred within Colchester County include, but are not limited to: 

- Inglis Jewellers and Well Within Chiropractic (combined challenge)

- Dwane Mellish, chief of the Bible Hill Fire Brigade

- Keltie Jones, with the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus

- Truro Police Service constables Justin Russell and Robert Hunka

- Dennis Pierce, chef and owner at Bistro 22

- Michelle McCann, owner and operator of Bold and Italics

- Rod Nielsen, chief of Brookfield Fire and Emergency Services

- Blois Currie, chief of Truro Fire Service

- Danny Joseph, Town of Truro councillor - happening at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 outside town hall

- Shawn Evans, Truro Jr. A Bearcats head coach and general manager

- Dr. David Gray, Dalhousie Agricultural Campus principal and dean of the Faculty of Agriculture

- Members of the Truro Fire Service and Truro Police Service are working together on an upcoming challenge, possibly set for Sunday.