“Wanna talk about boobs?”
It’s an eye-catching question for a serious message raising awareness about how breast cancer can affect young men and women. Emily Hencher has been an energetic force behind the Uni Boob Team Stirling, part of the CoppaFeel! University network founded by Kristin Hallenga.
“When I arrived at Stirling, the Uni Boob Team! had lost momentum. I became President in 2016, begged and borrowed favours and pressganged friends to get involved. I was so determined to spread the message to get people to love their boobs and pecs.”
Cassandra Gruetzner has also made a big impact with her volunteering. She started her volunteering as a module rep in the first year and then became a psychology mentor to new students. “In my third year I became secretary and then President of the Debating Society. I got involved in union meetings and joined the Community Zone Executive Committee which is the umbrella for the university’s groups and volunteer clubs. We approve new societies, help them apply for grants, organise events and oversee funding and grants.”
Both Emily and Cassandra have personal reasons for becoming so involved in volunteering. For Emily she discovered a lump in her breast when she was sixteen that thankfully proved to be harmless. “I was frightened and I didn’t tell anyone for a year. I was so unaware that young people could get breast cancer and I want to help others who found themselves in a similar situation but often panic and don’t know what to do.”
For Cassandra debating and public speaking was a way of overcoming shyness. “I was so shy as a child. I wanted to overcome it and now I have the confidence to stand-up and talk to a room full of people.”