It was Good2Give in 2010

What a fantastic year 2010 has been for me.

I have loved every minute of it and can hardly believe it’s about to be over – indeed will be by the time you read this. It is quite funny really the way we treat every 1 January as though it were indeed a fresh start. In the scheme of things it’s just another day.

But there is something about the start of a new year – the promise of things to come, the chance to do better than last year, last month, last week.

Opportunities are out there waiting on us coming along to grab them. And I am no different.

Let’s see – what does my personal resolutions list look like?

Oh pretty much like every year’s – lose weight, get fit, do ironing myself, improve timekeeping etc etc. And will I keep it? I’d like to thank so but frankly, I doubt it.

My charity resolutions list is a different kettle of fish – write fundraising plan, update website regularly, start planning on our writing competition and our physical challenge (the latter might actually spur me into action to get fit after all). It’s more of a to do list though, isn’t it?

And yet – a to do list sounds like something you HAVE to do – the New Year Resolutions List feels like something else entirely -something to be welcomed, something fun even.

I have had some time off over Christmas – I don’t do it often enough. I can see the merits in doing so – I feel refreshed and ready to take on the challenges It’s Good 2 Give faces in 2011.

By all accounts 2011 is going to be an even tougher year for fundraisers – I need to think differently for us – find a way to build on our success of 2010 and raise even more money – I ‘ve got the passion and most of the time I have the energy!

New for 2011 – Hard Rock Café has taken us on as Charity of the Year so that will bring us some amazing fundraising opportunities. We have also launched The Givers Club – we want to encourage regular givers – £5 or more a month can make a huge difference in a year if enough people join. Younger Givers will be given a piggy bank to save their pennies in for us.

Every precious penny counts.

We are also going to build on our relationship with the Scottish Blood Transfusion Service and encourage donors that It’s Good 2 Give blood.

Anyone read The Happiness Project?
I love it – a great book by Gretchen Rubin.
She has a Happiness challenge for 2011 – I have joined.

The pledge: “we can make 2011 a year of greater happiness.”
I sincerely hope so and will do my bit to try.
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2011.

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