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So icy she could not breathe

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/REBECCA LIM

Local actress Rebecca Lim, 27, posted on her Facebook fanpage on Monday that she would give 10 cents per "like" on her Facebook post from the time she posted it till she executed the dare.

By the time she posted the clip of herself getting dunked on her Instagram account on Tuesday, she had raised $1,310, which she is giving to the Singapore Cancer Society (SCS).

She told The New Paper yesterday: "The SCS is a society I feel strongly for as I have relatives who have cancer. The society provides financial help to those who can't afford treatment and I think what they are doing is great."

On how she felt during the challenge, she said that she is "generally a person who is very afraid of the cold". "Sometimes, I'll even walk around at home with a jacket. But I believed in raising awareness for the cause and felt that it was good."

She described the moment of the ice water being poured on her as "being in the winter, without a jacket, and being blown by a sudden gush of cold wind".

She said she could not breathe for a few seconds when the ice water was being poured on her.

The challenge, done at home, was filmed by her father while her mother dumped the ice water on her.

SUPPORTIVE

Lim said: "I initially wanted to maintain a certain image but it did not turn out as expected. My mother was very supportive. She cracked the ice cubes and kept adding more, saying that if I wanted to do it, I should go all the way."

Her mother had even washed three pails the night before and asked her in the morning which one she wanted.

Lim said: "The challenge has a great objective. It has been successful in getting people talking."

Rebecca tagged actor Ian Fang, actor-host Utt and actress-host Priscelia Chan.

Blogger Bagaholicboy, Alvin Cher, also offered to match Lim's donation to the SCS.


Other celebrities both local and international have also put out videos of themselves being dunked with ice-cold water.

ACTOR-HOST GEORGE YOUNG

He was tagged by Taiwanese-American television personality Janet Hsieh and JimmyT.

He did the challenge on a field.

After dousing himself in ice water, he gasped: "It's cold, it's cold. Anyone got a towel?"

He tagged actress Irene Ang, YouTuber Dee Kosh and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

JADE SEAH

The Singaporean model, host and actress went back to her alma mater, Tanjong Katong Girls' School, to do the challenge.

After getting the help of two students to dump ice water on her in slow motion, she encouraged viewers to donate to the cause and said soon after: "I cannot talk!"

Seah tagged Desmond Tan, Ann Kok and Singaporean YouTubers Tree Potatoes.

FANDI AHMAD

Singapore's favourite football son and coach of the LionXII also got into the act.

The challenge was laid down by his son Ikhsan, who screamed after dunking himself.

Posted on the official Instagram account of LionsXII, Fandi braved the ice water kneeling on grass with his eyes closed.

BILL GATES

The co-founder of Microsoft filmed himself welding a mechanism that eventually poured the ice water onto himself.

The minute-and-a-half clip of him barely flinching got over 11 million views and counting.

OPRAH WINFREY

The talk show host and media mogul had the help of her best friend Gayle King in doing the challenge complete with a side-splitting hilarious reaction.

She tagged Steven Spielberg in her video.

DAVID BECKHAM

The former footballer had a large container poured over him as he did his challenge shirtless - to the delight of his fans.

He tagged Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Leonardo DiCaprio.