THIS WEEK ON THE BIG INTERVIEW WE ARE CHATTING TO THE LEADER OF BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY’S BOOB TEAM. THE TEAM’S MISSION IS CLEAR; CHECK YOUR BOOBS. GOT YOUR ATTENTION? GOOD! ‘COS WE HAVE THE INSIDE SCOOP ON HOW THE BOOB SQUAD PLAN ON MAKING US DO EXACTLY THAT.
‘It won’t happen to me’ is something that is heard far too often in a world where breast cancer now affects 1 in 8 of us. With around 60,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK alone (400 of those being men), and late detection being one of the highest causes of its progression, it is definitely something that everyone should be aware of.
That’s where CoppaFeel!, the boob revolution that has swept across the nation, comes in. On a mission to ensure that people are made aware of the early signs and symptoms of breast cancer, they are doing all they can to remind YOU to regularly check your boobs! From hiding labels in your bra, to hijacking cities dressed as gigantic boobs, one way or another they are saving lives each day.
And that’s not all… thanks to their CoppaFeel! University Boob Team’s we are incredibly privileged to have our own representative right here on campus. Introducing, Kirsti Santer, Bournemouth University’s very own boob ninja!
It’s October 1st, and for those of you that don’t know, it’s the month of breast cancer awareness. As you can imagine, Kirsti is extremely busy doing what she does best… getting us to check our boobs. Fortunately, she has managed to spare a little time to tell us why this charity means so much to her and what you can expect to see from Bournemouth’s Uni Boob Team this year.
Q. Tell us what CoppaFeel! do…
CoppaFeel! are on a mission to stamp out late detection of breast cancer.
The goal is to live in a world where all breast cancers are diagnosed at the earliest stage possible ,where treatments are more effective and survival rates are higher.
In a nutshell,
CoppaFeel! want you to get to know your boobs
and ensure you are checking them regularly. Breast cancer symptoms are more than just a lump, and the more people that hear this message the more lives they are saving each and every day.
Q. Tell us what inspired you to get involved…
It took my mum saying the words ‘I’ve found a lump’
for me to realise that at 20 years of age, I’d never even checked my boobs. The more I read about breast cancer, the more I realised just how many of us it affects. There is a common misconception that breast cancer is a disease only for the older generations and I quickly learnt that it is not. If you have breast tissue (boys, I’m looking at you) there is a chance you could develop breast cancer.
CoppaFeel! founder Kris was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer at the age of just 23. To those who don’t know, Stage 4 = incurable. Seven years later she is still here telling her story, but she will live with breast cancer for the rest of her life. Kris didn’t check her boobs. She had no idea she even needed to. And neither did I, which is why I’m now involved with CoppaFeel!
Q. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, what have your team got planned?
Boob Bake Off is a main highlight for us! Our Boob cakes went down a treat at Fresher’s Fair so we are excited to be bringing these, and many more to campus.
I’ll be spending a week in the boob suit, because, why not?
What better talking point is there than a giant boob sat next to you in lecture?
We’re also hoping to set up a Boob Ball match with a couple of the sports teams. If you hadn’t guessed, it’s dodgeball but with a difference. A boob difference. We’ll be inviting people along to watch and all funds will be going straight to CoppaFeel!
Q. Sounds great! And for the rest of the year?
Each month events will focus around a specific theme and fortunately,
we’ve managed to team up with brands like Barry M and Paul Mitchell to help us along the way!
From pop-up salons to bra pong, we’ve got plenty up our sleeves to get Bournemouth chatting boobs.
Q. Wow, count us in! I think we are pretty convinced, but sum it up for us, why should people join the boob-squad?
Getting to know your body should be important to each and every single person. Although our message may be serious our approach most certainly isn’t.
We talk about boobs openly and honestly and have a lot of fun along the way.
Besides, who can be that serious whilst donning a huge boob suit?
If you’d like to get involved, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
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