August 18, 2014 12:11 pm

WATCH: Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz takes ALS ice bucket challenge

WINNIPEG – Mayor Sam Katz took the challenge and dumped a bucket of ice water over his head Sunday at the Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival.

On a three-count from MC and Global Morning News host Derek Taylor, Katz, True North Entertainment senior vice-president Kevin Donnelly and festival artistic director Rick Fenton poured water over their heads.

The ALS ice bucket challenge dares people to pour water over their heads and then challenge someone else to do the same, while raising money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

ALS is a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die, leaving muscles paralyzed. Every day two or three Canadians die of the disease, according to ALS Canada.

ALS Canada has raised $63,580 in the challenge from 721 sponsors, its website said Monday morning.

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