Firefighters all around the world pose for wall calendars for charity annually, this is a cheeky and fun tradition that helps in raising the money for amazing causes.
For 28 year the Australian Firefighters Calendar has been released annually, the calendar showcases some of the country’s fittest and finest.
They have managed to gather over 3 million dollars for charity.
This year after months that the place was engulfed with bushfires, the calendar has a special case: to help Australian wildlife affected by the fires.
“No one was left unaffected watching our precious wildlife trying to escape from the bushfires, and the loss of wildlife is beyond comprehension,” said David Rogers, the calendar’s director, in a press release.
“Everyone at the Australian Firefighters Calendar decided that all our efforts needed to be focussed on Australian Wildlife this year.”
The calendar of 2021 will be available on six different editions, including a new “Hero” calendar that will honour the firefighters that battled with fires and also an “Animal Lovers” edition that showcases Australian wildlife.
Like in previous years the calendars will also include local rescue cats and dogs.
“[Local refuge charities] will bring dogs, puppies, kittens and cats,” Rogers told Bored Panda. “We also use therapy horses who have helped autistic children and adults suffering from mental illness.”
“And we use Australian Wildlife from the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary. Ducklings, alpacas, goats, and lams, we have every animal you can think of at the photoshoot.”
For some animals this is an opportunity to find their forever homes.
“We have had firefighters adopt puppies and kittens from the photoshoot,” Rogers said.
They asked the public to bring in their own rescue pets this year. The funds raised by the calendars will support organizations like All Breeds Canine Rescue and Safe Haven Animal Rescue.
The calendar always helps to support Australian fire department, they stated that last year calendars money helped provide equipment that was invaluable during the fires.
“The support from the donations the calendar provided were vital through the bushfires, supplies were very limited and the injection of funds from the calendar helped save many animals,” said Dr Michael Pyne, head vet of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
We hope these years’ funds will get even higher and more help will come their way.