What small indulgences do you treat yourself to on a regular basis? Can you do without one of them for a week - a month - a year, even?
Set yourself a challenge and give up something you enjoy for human rights. Your small challenge can show solidarity with those denied basic rights on a daily basis - and raise vital funds for our human rights work around the globe.
'I can’t recommend enough taking a look at your life and then imagining it without something you enjoy or something you can’t imagine being without.
It’s humbling and really makes you appreciate all the freedoms you have.'
Julia Hardy gave up alcohol for a year
Five steps to planning your challenge
What can you quit?
It can be anything you enjoy and would find it hard to live without. Have a think about your day-to-day luxuries: alcohol, chocolate, coffee, smoking, TV, facebook, ready meals etc…
How long for?
The choice is yours! How long will make it a real challenge? A month, a year, anything in between?
How much can you contribute to human rights?
Set yourself a fundraising target.
Set up a Just Giving page
It's an easy way for contacts to donate online - plus you can pay in your funds raised offline to keep the total up to date. And you can claim Gift Aid on it. See our quick guide to setting up a Just Giving page
How to keep your donors in the loop
Let your sponsors know how your challenge is going - and encourage more contacts to donate in the process. As long as you haven't given up social media, platforms like Facebook or Twitter are handy for this. You can also update your progress on Just Giving, or if you're feeling creative you could set up a blog.
Three ways you could feel the benefit
Your health could improve
All of us are guilty of overindulging in something - a break from booze, biscuits or social media could treat your physical or mental health instead.
Challenging yourself is rewarding
Often the most satisfying part of this experience is finding out that you didn’t need alcohol or coffee to function in the first place!
It feels great to help defend human rights!
Your challenge will raise awareness of our work, and you will contribute directly to our research and campaign work to defend basic freedoms around the world.
Inspiration to get you started
Julie's alcohol-free year
'It really makes you appreciate all the freedoms you have. There are places where that isn’t the case and that’s what Amnesty is here for.'
Julia Hardy cut out booze for a year and raised over £5,000 for human rights in the process. Julia posted her video diary of the experience on youtube.
Fancy supporting Julia? Donate on her Just Giving page.
50+ Amnesty members give it up for the month of May
Get in touch
Phone: 020 7033 1777