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The Celebritarian of the Month is: BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH.

“Since I want a happy life, I have to carry some activities which help and benefit others. Since I do not want suffering, I should not harm others.” The Dalai Lama

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When one of the most benevolent and inspirational men in the world makes a simple, yet powerful statement like this, every person on the planet would do well to listen to him.  If we all did, we would see man-made miracles occur during times of difficulty.

British humanitarian, philanthropist and actor Benedict Cumberbatch possesses this type of unbridled compassion for helping others in need.  He has used his global platform to raise money and spread awareness for many worthy causes; and the long list of prestigious awards bestowed up him for his philanthropic work is proof of that.

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Cumberbatch was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 Birthday Honors for services to the performing arts and to charity. This honor was especially rare because of how young he was when he received it at 38-years-old, which is normally granted to recipients nearly twice his age.

He is an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, an ambassador for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and was a signatory of Amnesty International’s letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron for women’s rights in Afghanistan.

Benedict is also well known for raising money and support on behalf of cancer awareness causes. He joined Ralph Lauren and Prince William at Windsor Castle for a cancer fundraising gala to benefit The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

In September 2010, Cumberbatch took the role as an ambassador for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centers in London and met with patients to find out how the center’s programs had made a positive impact on their lives since receiving their diagnosis.

In 2014, Benedict joined fellow actors Tom Hardy, Michelle Dockery, Gillian Anderson, Idris Elba, Eddie Redmayne, Anna Friel, Sheridan Smith and Steve Coogan to film an awareness video in support of Stand Up To Cancer where he shared: “I’m standing up to cancer because some of the real life heroes amongst us, scientists and researchers, need funding so they can continue their life saving work. Cures are within our grasp and we can’t slow down in our fight against this terrible disease. We can be the generation that really makes a difference, who wouldn’t want to be part of that?”

When a celebrity decides to use their far-reaching platform to garner support, raise awareness and bring about true and lasting change, we listen. It may not always be received the way the person in front of the cameras hopes it will be, but nonetheless, we are more aware with each voice that is raised and then offered the opportunity to do what we can to help rather than harm or ignore those that cannot do for themselves in a time of crisis. Then, when people join that celebrity in a movement for change, it makes the risk of stepping out to talk about often-uncomfortable issues well worth it.

If we listen closely enough, perhaps more with our hearts than just our ears, we will realize that Benedict is trying to teach us that after a warm meal, shelter and embrace are given to those in crisis; the same meal, shelter and embrace we would hope to receive for ourselves, we can then come together to find the solution to any problem facing us as a society.

We are thrilled to honor humanitarian, philanthropist and actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the Celebritarian of the Month. Like him, may we all be inspired to raise our voices, donate what we can, when we can and simply help one another whenever the need arises.

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