Let’s start 2020 with a cold dose of harsh reality: you didn’t stick to last year’s resolutions, did you? So what’s different this year? This year, you’ve got Oxfam on your side – helping you to fulfil all your goals and fight poverty at the same time.
Here are 7 classic resolutions that, in 2021, you’ll be able to look back on with pride:
1. Get fit
One in three people reading this will have resolved to exercise more in the next year. And let’s face it – we could all benefit from a gentle jog, couldn’t we?
2. Be the change you want to see
You don’t have to break out the placards and march the streets to make change happen. You don’t even have to brave the comments section on your least favourite news site.
Oxfam campaigners include petition-signers, letter-writers, Facebook-likers, poster-paperers, conversation-starters, festival-goers and noise-makers of all stripes. In 2020 Oxfam will be sharing more ways to change the world and help beat poverty for good – get on Oxfam’s mailing list to be the first to find out how you can help.
3. Reduce your carbon footprint… in the January sales
What’s that? You can satisfy your resolution to look after the planet and its inhabitants while hitting the high street and bagging some bargains?
You don’t have to wait till the holidays are over – or even leave the house – because Oxfam’s Online Shop offers more than 100,000 ethically sourced and pre-loved items, 24/7, right from the comfort of that squashy armchair you’ve been occupying since Christmas Eve.
When you choose second hand items from Oxfam, you’re giving some great finds a longer life AND supporting the poorest people around the world, hit hardest by climate change.
4. Give time to a good cause
You don’t need to be a retail magnate to help out in an Oxfam shop. Getting involved can mean so many different things: dressing windows, working behind the till, sorting donations, organising pop up shop events or even posting on social media. Whatever you do, as an Oxfam shop volunteer you’ll be making life-saving work possible.
And if you’re not at home on the High Street, how about free entry to a festival, cheering along superheroes at a race event, or supporting our incredible Trailwalkers?
5. Find your niche
So you’ve decided to spend some time in 2020 fundraising for Oxfam. Deciding how you’ll do it – in your own wonderful, unique way – is where the fun begins.
From cake sales to abseils, crafternoons to quiz nights – doing something fun, wild or lucrative can help raise vital funds to help people beat poverty around the world.
Maybe you’ll start the next ice bucket challenge and go viral. Maybe you’ll discover you’re destined to be the next Bake Off winner. Or maybe you’ll ride round a school hall on a trike, trailing a sad balloon. Whatever you do – as long as it’s legal – we’ll love you for it.
6. Learn an instrument (or two)
Fancy performing on the same bill as the likes of Everything Everything, Annie Mac, Four Tet, Foals, Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip, and Get Cape Wear Cape Fly?
They’re all Oxjam alumni, along with more than 60,000 other musicians who, since Oxjam began, have played to an audience of 1.5 million people and raised well over £2.8 million to beat poverty. No pressure. Just get practising!
7. Bonus: Give money to a good cause
In 2020 the battle against the devastating effects of climate change will be bigger and more urgent than ever before. For years Oxfam has been working alongside the world’s poorest communities to help them face the climate crisis head-on.
This Christmas and new year we’re asking you to help provide families with everything they need to fight against climate change.
Whatever your resolutions, we wish you the most wonderful 2020. See you on the other side!