Monday, April 10, 2017

Fight Bullying: Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation

Ben Cohen
There's a great foundation that raises money against bullying in the U.K. and beyond. It was created by a former U.K. Rugby star and World Cup winner named Ben Cohen. During his rugby days, Ben
(who has a wife and 2 daughters) was made aware that he had become a gay icon in the U.K., and as a result was made aware of the severe problem of bullying. He learned that many gay people are bullied and commit suicide, so he developed the anti-bullying foundation called "Standup." - Here's what it's all about -

The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation is the world's first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying by connecting communities and raising funds to support those doing real-world work to eradicate bullying.  

ABOUT THE STANDUP FOUNDATION: We stand up against bullying regardless of to whom it happens. We support organizations and projects that help stop bullying, help those hurt by bullying and/or help increase equality and diversity. We do this because up to 50% of children and young people and many adults in the UK say they have experienced bullying. People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are even more likely to be bullied. People who are bullied feel disconnected, leading to a sense of isolation and loneliness. They are often wary of others and lack quality friendships. They can suffer from low self-esteem, poor achievement, an increased risk of depression or anxiety and, in extreme cases, a higher risk of suicide.

His foundation raises money and provides it to groups to combat bullying like :
WHO IS BEN COHEN?  Ben Cohen, MBE, is an England Rugby Legend. He is a World Cup champion, and second all-time try scorer for his country. In May 2011, Ben retired at the top of his game to found the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation.
   He travels worldwide speaking to businesses about the importance of character, respect and equality in creating a kinder world. Ben has reached millions of people with his anti-bullying message through global media coverage: He has over 500,000 followers on social media. In the UK, he has worked with the Home Office, where he led the charge for a StandUp Charter to end homophobia across sports particularly in soccer, rugby and tennis.

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