Question: Would you dump an ice bucket of toilet water on your head?
Answer: Well... Maybe if Matt Damon did it first!
Just when you thought you had seen it all in the #ALS Ice Bucket challenge... Matt Damon ups the ante with the help of....Wait for it... His toilet! Damon was dodging the dare from buddies, Ben Affleck and Jimmy Kimmel because he was conflicted about dumping a bucket of clean water over his head when nearly one billion people across the globe don't have access to safe H20. More than just a famous face with a cause, Damon is the co-founder of Water.org and a hands on hero in this humanitarian effort to provide clean water and solutions to proper sanitation.
However, instead of flushing the #ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Damon made it a win-win for both his foundation, water.org and the ALS association. During his pre-dump monologue Damon explains why he turned to the porcelain gods for a solution to his #ALS ice bucket conundrum.
"It posted kind of a problem for me. Not only because there is a drought in California but because I co-founded water.org and we envision a day when everyone has access to a clean drink of water and there are about 800 million people in the world who don't and so dumping a clean bucket of water on my head seemed a little crazy. We also want to bring sanitation to the 2.4 billion people on the Earth who don't have it so I thought a good thing to do to tie those things together would be to take some toilet water (this is truly toilet water, I've been collecting toilet water from toilets around the house..." Damon says with a laugh as he scoops water from his toilet!
"Now for those of you (like my wife) who think this is disgusting, the water in our toilets in the west is actually cleaner than the water that most people in the developing world have access too," said Damon.
The Oscar winner walks and talks while leading us through his bathroom and eventually outdoors as he carries out the challenge (being the first person to dump an ice bucket of toilet water on his head). Damon keeps the tradition flowing by challenging George Clooney, Bono and Tom Brady. Although it's not shown in Damon's video, we're guessing a hot soapy shower immediately followed the challenge!
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