The funds from the 2021 calendars will go to native animal charities that are vital to supporting the fragile wildlife and treating animals injured in the flames.
One after the other, this absolute horror-fest of a year has robbed us of almost all the things that bring us joy. However, this new decade — one that we had so many hopes and dreams for —finally seems to have met its match in a few heartbreakingly handsome firefighters and their awww...dorable furry pals. Because even 2020 couldn't stop the iconic Australian Firefighters Calendar from blessing our lives with its steamyliciously cute charm and appeal. Established in 1993 to support the Children's Hospital Foundation by providing funds for research into childhood burns, the popular calendar is back with yet another edition of sexy firefighters-meet-cuddly animals.
"Now in its 28th year, the world's most popular calendar is back for 2021. And after the year we've all had, the Australian Firefighters Calendar is certainly a sight for sore eyes. 2019 and early 2020 was a particularly devastating time, and the world grieved with Australia as we suffered through catastrophic bushfires and an estimated loss of 1 billion animals from our diverse native wildlife. While the fires may have gone, the destroyed bushland has made it impossible for many of the displaced wildlife to return to their natural habitat," The Australian Firefighters Calendar team said in a press release.
"No one was left unaffected watching our precious wildlife trying to escape from the bushfires, and the loss of wildlife is beyond comprehension. Everyone at the Australian Firefighters Calendar decided that all our efforts needed to be focused on Australian Wildlife this year," explained David Rogers, the director of the Australian Firefighters Calendar. This year, the team has produced six different 2021 calendars, including the popular cat and dog calendars, the classic, and the diverse animals calendar. A new 'Hero' calendar — which "honors the hard work of Australian firefighters throughout this crisis" — and a new 'Animal lovers' calendar —that "puts a diverse range of Australian Wildlife, adorable rescue and therapy animals and other iconic animal images in the spotlight" — have also been made available for purchase.
The dog and cat calendars also have a slightly personal element this year as since the pandemic restricted access to rescue animals, the team put out a call welcoming the Australian public to bring their own rescued furry friends for the calendar photoshoot. "This year the popular 'Animal Lovers' Calendar will be more important than ever. The 2021 Animal Lovers calendar will play a vital role in treating injured wildlife from the recent fires. Funds from last year's 2020 calendar helped pay for new equipment and supplies as for nearly 6 months, Dr. Michael Pyne and his team of vets and volunteers worked around the clock to save streams of koalas, wombats, kangaroos, and birdlife," stated the press release.
"The support from the donations the calendar provided was vital through the bushfires, supplies were very limited and the injection of funds from the calendar helped save many animals," said Dr. Pyne, the head veterinarian at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. The funds from the 2021 calendars will go to the native animal charities that are vital to supporting the fragile wildlife, which includes the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital, where a team is building Australia's first mobile Wildlife hospital. "After fighting the fires and witnessing the suffering of the wildlife, my crew and I felt compelled to do more. We donated money to care for a koala called Anwen and after seeing first-hand the work carried out by the volunteers at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, our perspective on the protection of our wildlife has been changed forever," explained Cameron Simpson – Leading Firefighter – Fire Rescue New South Wales.
You can purchase all six calendars here at www.australianfirefighterscalendar.com.