A cancer charity fundraiser that, for some, had mutated into
a viral drinking game, has shocked Southern participants.
Willis Tepania (40) a father from Kaitaia, died after taking
part in an ''ice challenge'' on Saturday night.
He suffered a heart attack hours after drinking a large
amount of bourbon.
The ice challenge encourages participants to submerge
themselves in ice-cold water or have a bucket of ice poured
The participants then nominates another person - via social
media - to take up the challenge, and then donate money to a
However some have adapted the ''ice challenge'' to become a
Maniototo resident Amie Pont took part in the ice challenge
with a friend on Thursday to raise money for Child Cancer, to
honour her sister Hayley, who died of leukaemia aged 4.
The challenge involved dipping their feet in a frozen
Maniototo swimming pool and tipping water and ice over their
heads, a challenge which involved no alcohol.
''You shouldn't do it as a reason to consume alcohol. The ice
challenge is nothing compared to what people go through
Dozens of people on the Otago Daily Times Facebook
page said they supported the charitable challenge, but were
disappointed others had turned it into a viral drinking game.
''It's small-minded people who take it to that other level;
it's not even about the drink. People should learn about the
challenge before they do it,'' Jessica Bradley said.
Jackie Henare said: ''It's sad that people have turned
something so empowering (supporting) cancer into yet another
alcohol game. Makes me mad!''
More than $100,00 had been raised for cancer organisation
involved with the ice challenge.