This week’s Champion is Becca Young, medical student at Oxford University and CHEERing volunteer. Becca was nominated for her hard work and dedication while she volunteered with CHEERing in Athens last August.
Being a medical student with a keen interest in international aid work, Becca decided to travel to Greece and make a direct impact. She chose CHEERing because she was struck by the simplicity of their mission, and the powerful effects of helping mothers to give their children the best possible start in life, no matter where that might be. “One of the most rewarding parts of the job is seeing mothers’ faces light up when they see how well their babies are growing on our growth charts – you can see the weight physically lift off their shoulders,” Becca wrote in a recent article. She is glad to have been involved in CHEERing’s efforts to support mothers in best practices for infant feeding and health in and around Athens.
Before going to Athens in August, Becca had been involved with SolidariTee, an organization that fundraises at her university for legal aid in the Mediterranean. Her experience at CHEERing enabled her to recognize the disparities in the reality of her medical education in the UK and that of vulnerable refugee populations. She believes that this new perspective will be beneficial in her future medical practice.
In her spare time, Becca enjoys cooking, hiking, swimming/scuba diving, and reading.
Congratulations Becca, thank you for your contributions to CHEERing!
Note: Becca’s full article was published on August 19, 2019 and is available on the CHEERing Facebook page.
CHEER Champion of the week
Each Monday (besides public holidays), we will recognize a CHEER Champion for all the work they have done for CHEER (Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research)/CHAMPS (Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices).