The ‘World’s Most Popular Calendar’ is BACK just in time to cheer up the end of a miserable 2020 – and this year it has more muscles than ever.
The Australian Fire Brigade Calendar 2021 pulled out all the stops this year, bringing out six calendars, each with a number of guys.
The proceeds from the sale of the must-have calendars go to Australian Wildlife, which has worked tirelessly to save and care for animals injured after the devastating fires that struck the country earlier this year.
David Rogers, Director of the Australian Fire Brigade Calendar, stated: “No one was left untouched watching our precious wildlife try to escape the bushfires and the loss of wildlife is incomprehensible.
“Everyone on the Australian Fire Brigade Calendar has decided that all of our efforts this year must be focused on Australian wildlife.”
At least a billion animals were killed in the terrible flames, and the destruction of vast scrubland means those who survived have nowhere to live.
One of the new calendars launched for the first time this year is Hero, which focuses on the brave efforts of firefighters to control the infernos and save as many animals as possible.
There is also a new animal lover calendar that features a wide variety of wildlife native to Australia.
Many of the animals featured were rescued from the flames that broke out late last year and show their amazing path to recovery.
But the hugely popular cat and dog calendars will be back this year, albeit with a twist this time.
Due to the restrictions of the coronavirus, firefighters did not have access to the rescued animals that are normally used in the photo shoots. Therefore, the crews brought their own pets to be taken in.
With the funds raised, we can help less fortunate animals find a new home through rescue organizations such as Safe Haven Animal Rescue and All Breeds Canine Rescue.
This year, the popular animal lovers calendar is becoming more important than ever as it will play an important role in treating injured wildlife due to the recent fires.
Funds from last year’s 2020 calendar helped pay for new equipment and supplies for nearly six months. Dr. Michael Pyne and his team of vets and volunteers worked around the clock to rescue streams of koalas, wombats, kangaroos and bird life.
Dr. Pyne, senior veterinarian at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, said: “The support from the donations the calendar provided was vital through the bushfires, supplies were very limited, and the allocation of funds from the calendar helped many animals to rescue.”
This year, the 2021 calendars will be donated to local animal welfare organizations that are vital to supporting fragile wildlife.
One of these is the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital, where Dr. Stephen Van Mil and his team are building Australia’s first mobile wildlife hospital that enables the mobile hospital to rush to where the wildlife emergency is.
Cameron Simpson, Chief Firefighter for Fire Rescue, New South Wales, said: “After fighting the fires and witnessing the suffering of wildlife, my crew and I felt compelled to do more.
“We donated money to care for a koala named Anwen, and after seeing firsthand the work of the volunteers at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, our view of protecting our wildlife has forever changed.”
Other groups that are getting money off the calendar are Australian Seabird Rescue. Cathy Gilmore is the coordinator of ASR and has dedicated 35 years of her life to saving birds, pelicans, turtles and endangered marine life in the Central Coast region, a small town north of Sydney.
The Australian Fire Brigade Calendar 2021 will also support these organizations
- Native Animal Rescue – Western Australia
- Wildcare Inc – Northern Territory
- Safe Haven Animal Rescue – Queensland
- RACQ – Queensland
- Rural Aid – Australia
- Foundation for Children with Cancer – Australia
You can buy all six calendars at Here.