28 February 2015

What To Do During Lent: Be BenevoLent

Hello everyone,

I hope you're all well!

As you may or may not know, Easter is fast approaching. We are now in a six week (40 day) period where Christians prepare for Easter by giving up a luxurious item and spending more time doing good and making a difference. This is known is Lent.

Here's a super fun fact: Most people, usually children, give up chocolate for Lent. Easter bunny chocolates were originally seen a treat to children at the end of Lent, and also a great way to break Lent and celebrate Easter.

The idea of Lent has been adopted by many people from all over the world, and of different beliefs and even non-believers. It is sometimes seen as a spiritual cleanse.
 The idea of giving up something and participating in acts of kindness has fascinated many people.
It's kind of like a second chance at New Years Resolutions too!

Lent starts from 18th February until 4th April.

You guys know I love a good challenge, and being able to do something for a good cause is like killing two birds with one stone. Two of my favourite things in one. After browsing the internet for a while, I came across Children's Society's BenevoLent campaign.
(That's a REALLY good play on words, if you ask me!)

A little bit about Children's Society UK 

In 2014 alone, they helped over 23 000 children from their various fundraiser and campaigns. Woah.
Why are they so successful?

Anyway, they challenge you to give up something for Lent, and to help you, they have created the BenevoLent tool which calculates how much you would save from giving up this luxury! (cool, I know)
You then have the chance to donate the money you have saved from Lent to a good cause. (cue applause)

So. What am I giving up?

Well... I had to think long and hard about this one. I am refraining from takeaway AND candy. Double trouble. This means that I'm making my OWN school lunches instead of buying from a nearby Pret A Manger or something.... and no sweets means that I have to find an alternative when I need a sugar rush.

Here's how I'll track my progress: 

  • Weekly photo diary of all my home-made lunches and some recipes 
  • Just a general update on how I'm feeling and if I'm going mad yet. 

I'm inviting all bloggers and people out there to join the BenevoLent campaign! I can't do this alone (dramatic cries).
Be sure to share this post and send me a link to any posts and photos on Instagram or Facebook about what you have given up, using the hashtag #BenevoLent and #18toLife, and I'll feature you in my update posts!

I've really been inspired by The Children's Society and knowing that we can make a difference in young people's lives just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside!

Follow @Childrensociety on twitter for more updates.

Like my page on Facebook where I'll be updating you about my progress daily.

Until Next Time,

Peace and Love

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