Ararat Rural City Council chief executive officer Andrew Evans completes Ice Bucket Challenge

Andrew Evans completes the Ice Bucket Challenge thanks to Jenny Woolcock and Kim Kerr.

Andrew Evans completes the Ice Bucket Challenge thanks to Jenny Woolcock and Kim Kerr.

ARARAT Rural City Council chief executive officer Andrew Evans took to the steps of council's municipal offices on Wednesday for his contribution to the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The Ice Bucket Challenge raises awareness of, and funds for, Motor Neurone Disease and involves participants being doused with a bucket of ice cold water. Mr Evans was nominated by previous Ice Bucket Challenge participants Kim Kerr and Rotary Club of Ararat president Ange Stacpoole.

"I was very happy to be challenged by both the lovely Kim Kerr and by the current Rotary president Angie Stacpoole," Mr Evans said.

"This is partly because my wife has Multiple Sclerosis, which is closely related to MND, and we have been living with the effects for more than 20 years.

"But I was also happy to take part because I was one of those lucky enough to travel overseas with Graeme Bertuch in 2012, and it is about time something was done to stop both these dreadful diseases."

Well known Ararat doctor Graeme Bertuch is currently living with Motor Neurone Disease.

Mr Evans was doused by two very large buckets of ice water thanks to Kim Kerr and Council's manager executive services and governance, Jenny Woolcock.

"I dedicated one to MND and one to MS, and I would be happy for donations to go to research on finding a cure for either of these diseases," he said.

Andrew Evans completes the Ice Bucket Challenge thanks to Jenny Woolcock
and Kim Kerr.

Andrew Evans completes the Ice Bucket Challenge thanks to Jenny Woolcock and Kim Kerr.

"I know the Ararat community is incredibly generous, and I would ask them to dig deep for both causes."

Mr Evans has now nominated Mayor Cr Paul Hooper, former Mayor Ian Wilson, and East Grampians Health Service CEO Nick Bush to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

"They each know Graeme well, and each jumped at the chance to be involved," Mr Evans said.

"It is really wonderful to see such prominent and passionate members of the community willing to have their actions speak louder than words."

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