The GEANCO Foundation Honors Benedict Cumberbatch
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Benedict Cumberbatch is winning. The Oscar-nominated actor who stars in the upcoming movie, Doctor Strange, recently announced that he and wife, Sophie Hunter, are expecting baby number two. In addition to that exciting news, Cumberbatch was honored in an intimate gathering at the Pacific Design Center for his humanitarian efforts. MillionaireMatch was able to speak to Cumberbatch about the award. Levi Meaden (Pacific Rim 2), Lala Kent (Vanderpump Rules) Megalyn Echikunwoke (White Famous), and Yvonne Orji (HBO’s Insecure) also attended the event to support the cause.
Cumberbatch has supported many organizations focused on children, education, poverty, mental and physical challenges. Afam Onyema, Co-Founder and COO of The GEANCO Foundation, chose Cumberbatch to be honored.
GEANCO, was created in 2005. The mission of the foundation is to save and transform lives in Africa. It is the only group to lead regular hip and knee replacement surgical missions for vulnerable citizens in Nigeria. GEANCO also supports education, partnering with the David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls, which was majorly funded by Oprah Winfrey. The foundation also supports Brightland Academy, a school for the underprivileged founded by Chiwetel Ejiofor’s family in Nigeria. Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) is a past honoree along with David Oyelowo (Queen of Katwe).
Cumberbatch was also recently asked to host Saturday Night Live on November 5th. You can catch Cumberbatch in the movie Doctor Strange on November 4th. He plays the famed neurosurgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange, and if that isn’t enough he soon will play Thomas Edison in the film The Current War.
The English actor married Hunter on February 14, 2015, and has one son, Christopher Carlton.