Leonardo DiCaprio ALS Ice Bucket Challenge- Star Donates $100,000 To The Cause

By Mitch Thorpe, Mstars News writer | Aug 26, 2014 02:18 PM EDT
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Leonardo DiCaprio took the time out from visiting the Canadian tar sands to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Hollywood actor and philanthropist was in Canada to learn more about how the tar sands impact the climate, the land, and the lives and health of the people that live in the area. He is currently filming his new documentary, Carbon, about carbon emissions and climate change, in Saskatchewan.

The star gathered a bunch of his native friends from the area to accept David Beckham's challenge of dumping a freezing cold bucket of ice water over his head to help raise awareness and money for the ALS Association.

DiCaprio then posted the video on his Facebook page along with a message to his fans.

"Hello from Lake Athabasca, we're here learning about the Canadian tar sands. We took a moment to join the #IceBucketChallenge movement in support of the ALS Association," the Academy Award nominated actor writes, "My friends Chief Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation challenges Dave Collyer, president of Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Chief Courtoreille of the Mikisew Cree First Nation challenges Mark Little of Suncor Canada, and Sierra Club President Michael Brune challenges Shell CEO Ben van Beurden.

"And me? the star questions. "In addition to a donation from my foundation, I challenge Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper."

According to Us Weekly, the star not only participated in the challenge but he also donated a pretty hefty sum of $100,000 to the cause.

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