Ben Cohen, the man who might be the one single-handedly winning England the Rugby World Cup is using the power of his celebrity to stand up to Bullying with his very foundation and his very own cause.
Ben Cohen has firstly become an internationally acclaimed and respected gay icon as he dedicates a portion of his life to helping thousands of homosexuals in breaking the boundaries of homophobia on and off court.
— StandUp Foundation (@StandUpFdn) November 14, 2014
But when it comes to Bullying, Ben Cohen has a touching back story to his campaign to standing up to bullying. After his father’s death, Ben set up The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation to combat bullying of all types including of people who might be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The charity funds a range of projects around Britain focused on kicking bullying out. On November 14th,2014, the campaign launched its first UK StandUp Day which is the day Ben’s father lost his life standing up to bullies in his workplace. To mark the anniversary, Ben is fronting an online campaign asking followers to Tweet with the hashtag #WhyIStandUp to tell their stories of standing up to bullying and to raise money for the StandUp Foundation which supports anti-bullying charities across the UK. “My father died because he stood up to bullies and Friday is the 14th anniversary of his death,” said Ben. “Every single thing that has happened to me since is down to that.” On the foundation’s website, Ben’s message reads “I lost my own father to violence when he stood up for an employee who was being attacked. I’ve heard from many fans and friends how bullying has impacted their lives, and I am moved to make a difference for them. Parents have written to me, sharing painful stories about how their children, who might be perceived to be different, are ruthlessly attacked and scared of their own schools. It is time we stand up for what is right and support people who are being harmed. Every person on this planet has a right to be true to themselves, to love and be loved, and to be happy. I encourage others to stand up with me and make a difference.”
The Stand Up Foundation’s core message is “To raise awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying and to raise funds to support those doing real-world work to stop it.”
Twitter and other social media networks were flooded with the hashtag, from people narrating their experiences with bullying to others voicing respect and support to a courageous move against bullying. We at NoBullying couldn’t be prouder of Ben Cohen using the love of his fans for a much greater cause.