Giving children the chance to choose

Well, now that the furore of festive celebrations have passed and life has returned, somewhat sadly, to normal, it seems like a fair time to ask… how are the New Year’s resolutions going?!

Are you one of the dedicated few who are actively enforcing the ‘new year, new you’ mantra daily? Or, are you in the same boat as, I suspect, the majority of us; the dreamers who make a pledge to become better versions of ourselves every year, then struggle with the demands they make of us?!

Well, don’t worry if you are in the latter category and don’t be too hard on yourself! Lasting change is never easy.

Whilst each new year provides a nice opportunity to take a step back and reflect on our lives, it also provides us with a “fresh start” and a renewed sense of hope that we can make positive changes not only for ourselves, but for the world around us.

We don’t have to make a choice between improving our own lives and improving the lives of others, because we can do both! This month, as well as resolving to get fitter, eat better and be more productive, why not use the incredible position we have in the world to help others who are less fortunate and more vulnerable than ourselves.

Here are some resolutions you may want to consider taking up in 2018.

Together we really can change the world. Let’s make 2018 the year we do it.


  1. Donate to Children in Crossfire

Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of buying things we really don’t need. The January sales prove all too popular year on year. But what if we changed that this year? Instead of feeling bad about wasting money on so-called bargains, we could feel great about giving some of the world’s most vulnerable children a happy and healthy start in life.

Almost half of child deaths worldwide are linked to malnutrition. If they don’t have the proper food and care during this time, the effects can be devastating.

Children in Crossfire’s School Readiness Initiative works hard to give children these vital opportunities to develop, providing proper nutrition and preparing them for a productive experience at school, in turn allowing them to work towards a brighter future.

  1. Sign up for a Children in Crossfire event

Each January, gym signups around the country increase by more than 40%. A lot of us sign up to year long contracts that we can’t get out of, collectively wasting an estimated £558 million pounds annually…

Why not make free exercise your new hobby? Children in Crossfire offer lots of events throughout the year, from Colour Runs in March to Zombie Runs in October and not forgetting our ‘Strictlys’ (Strictly Come Dancing) and Total Wipeouts to name a few. This year why not give yourself a focus by signing up to an event. Having a focus and goal will make it easier to get out and train. Best of all, the training is FREE. You’ll never have to waste a penny in another gym!

  1. Volunteer your time

Children in Crossfire is only able to do what we do thanks to our merry band of volunteers. Nothing would be possible without their help and support. This year, why not get involved and offer some of your time. Our volunteers frequently talk about the joy they get from helping out at our events, knowing that the impact of their help is making a real and lasting change in the world.

  1. Educate yourself

Poverty exists; it is a sad but inescapable fact. Only by properly educating ourselves can we truly effect lasting change in the world for everyone. Educating ourselves about the root causes of wealth inequality and poverty allows us to understand what is needed to eradicate it. To find out more about campaigns which seek to end poverty check out the following links:

  1. Random Acts of Kindness

Anne Herbert wrote this simple statement on a placemat in California in 1982. It summed up the idea of doing unpremeditated acts which demonstrated kindness and compassion, usually for strangers, with the only intent being to make the world a happier place. A kinder and more compassionate world can only be a good thing for everyone.

Why not try this in 2018. The acts don’t have to be big, just heartfelt and unexpected. Start small with your friends and family; text someone in the morning to wish them a good day, take time to appreciate and reminisce with an older family member, take time out of your day to listen to a friend. Adopt them in your workplace; reply to coworkers with an encouraging email, leave a sticky note with a positive comment on it somewhere for a colleague to find. Apply them to yourself; have a day where you stop yourself from making judgements, complain less, don’t jump to conclusions, start a piggy bank for charity. Or apply them to your environment; pick up litter in the street if it crosses your path, recycle things when you’re finished with them, plant a tree.

These are just some of the millions of small things you can do to make the world a more positive and loving place.

General Resolution

The world can always use more positivity, compassion, kindness and love. Here are our top five tips for a happier life:

  • Live Ethically
  • Practice Gratitude
  • Think Critically
  • Give Love
  • Be Kind
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We are a registered charity in Northern Ireland (NIC101412) and The Republic of Ireland (CHY 20045517). Children in Crossfire is now also a registered ‘Not For Profit’ in the USA and is recognised as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN 46-2267122). We are developing Advisory Groups in Chicago and Boston to assist with a fundraising programme.