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Five simple New Year’s resolutions for change in 2024

31 December 2023

We look forward to 2024 as a year of hope and resolution. It’s also a valuable time to turn a new page and start afresh for the year to come.

Despite the vast challenges at home and around the world – families struggling to get enough food; communities doing their best to adapt to climate change; more women, men and children being forced from their homes because of conflict – you reached out with love.

Your kindness and compassion helped people to build real and lasting change in their own lives.

If you haven’t started your New Year’s resolutions for 2024, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here’s a little help from CAFOD staff on how they’ll be using their resolutions to live out their faith and realise change in 2024.

1. Give

Hannah Patterson – fundraising:

“I’m going to set up a monthly gift to CAFOD starting on January pay day. A monthly gift is a great way to help charities plan their work – for CAFOD that means more parents and families being helped to change their own lives – and it makes sure that local experts can respond quickly in emergencies too!”

2. Act

Ciara Biswas-Graham – advocacy:

“If I could ask anyone to make a simple resolution for change in 2024, it would be to send a message to our Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak: we care about the climate and we want him to play his part in the fight to care for our common home!”

3. Pray

Catherine Gorman – theology:

“Making more time for prayer is something that many of us try to do as part of our new year's resolution. If it's one of yours this year, why not sign up to our weekly emails? These short reflections on the Sunday gospel encourage us to take a moment and make space for prayer in our busy lives."

4. Walk

Neil Roper – events:

“One of my resolutions for change in 2024 will be to challenge myself to take on CAFOD’s Big Lent Walk and raise money to fight global poverty. Walk when and where you choose, alone or with friends – or get your school involved and join the 600 schools and 250,000 children who walked last year!

"We want to offer our thanks to the 250,000 children from over 600 schools who participated in the Big Lent Walk and fundraised last year."

5. Pledge

Lily Bliss – Gifts in Wills

“Why not start 2024 by making or updating your Will? You can start your year with the peace of mind that you have your plans in place. By including a gift in your Will to CAFOD, you are making sure your faith, love and hope flourish and grow for years to come.”

Salina's letter delivered to World Bank 1

Ten moments from CAFOD in 2023

2023 was not without its challenges – from conflicts new and ongoing, to droughts and floods, and a cost-of-living crisis felt both here in the UK and the world over.

Thank you to everyone who has stood by us to help those most in need across the world.