Saturday, October 26, 2013

We're BIG Fans of Ben Cohen, UK Rugby Star/Anti-bullying Organization Founder

We're both HUGE fans of former UK Rugby star Ben Cohen. Why? Because he started an anti-bullying foundation. Often throughout the year he does talks, travels all over the world, and campaigns against bullying. He also makes a calendar and this year there was a short behind-the-scenes look at how it came together. (Thanks to Mike Wagner for sending the video).

WHO IS BEN COHEN? Benjamin Christopher "Ben" Cohen, MBE (born 14 September 1978) is a former England rugby union player and activist. He began his professional career with Northampton Saints in 1996; in 2007 he moved to France to represent Brive before returning to England two years later to join Sale Sharks. In May 2011, Cohen retired from professional rugby, and will focus on The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation he created to combat homophobia and bullying.

Ben Cohen
WHAT IS THE BEN COHEN STANDUP FOUNDATION ABOUT?   In 2011, Cohen founded The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, Inc., which is, according to its website, "the world’s first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying, and funding those doing real-world work to stop it."  Following his retirement he announced plans to focus on the Foundation  WEBSITE: http://www.standupfoundation.com/


BOO ON ATLANTA- Two weeks ago, Ben went to the Atlanta Braves Stadium to promote anti-bullying and equality for gay and lesbian people, and the fans Booed him out!  Way to go, my former home, Atlanta: Nice show of dumb, intolerant rednecks.

MAKING BEN'S CALENDAR:   Here are Highlights from the photo shoot at UCLA for the 2014 StandUp Calendar available NOW for sale and shipment at http://www.worldrugbyshop.com/standup.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next