The calendar series is teaming up with Greater Good Charities to support animal welfare initiatives in the U.S.
It's getting hot in here... Why? Because the Australian Firefighters are back! The Australian Firefighters Calendar is back for its 29th year. According to their Facebook page, the group has raised $3.2 million dollars in total raised since 1993! Australian Firefighters Calendar donates to the Australian Childrenʼs Hospital Foundation, Childrenʼs Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Childrenʼs Hospital Foundation burns units, Starlight Childrenʼs Foundation, Mates For Mates, Royal Far West and Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors. This year they're doing something a little different: they are releasing a charity calendar for 2022 to help animals in need right here in the U.S.
The calendar series has teamed up with U.S.-based Greater Good Charities to support Greater Good Charities' Rescue Rebuild program which will help animals, many of whom are featured in the calendar's spreads, reports PEOPLE. The program helps to renovate animal shelters, domestic violence shelters, and homeless shelters to give a helping hand to mistreated pets and the people who care for them. "The Greater Good Charities are so excited to be partnering with the Australian Firefighters Calendar, we have been a huge supporter of their work through our social media channels for years now. This will be the start of a long-lasting partnership on charity projects across the U.S.," Lesley McCave, the director of partnerships at Greater Good Charities, said in a statement. "The U.S. has been such a huge supporter of the Australian Firefighters Calendar over many years now. We are so happy to be in a position to begin donating to U.S.-based charities now and into the future. To be partnering with a U.S. organization as well respected as Greater Good Charities is the opportunity we have been waiting for," David Rodgers, the director of the Australian Firefighters Calendar, added.
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The 2022 edition will have steamy shirtless Australian firefighters striking a pose. There will be a classic calendar with pictures of solo firefighters and it's going to be HOT. There are also four animal editions — cats, dogs, horses, and mixed animals — where the men are joined by cute critters, including native Australian species. And to heat things up a notch there will also be a Summer Edition calendar with firefighters enjoying the beaches and sporting swimsuits instead of their work gear.
The calendar has received much love across the world not just for the sexy pictures of the firemen but also the incredible charity work they've done. During the devastating 2019-2020 bushfire season, proceeds from the calendar's American fans helped support Australia's Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital to take care of many animals affected by the fires. "The support the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital received from the U.S. was phenomenal and it continues to this day. The funds have enabled us to start building another mobile hospital to support our wildlife in the event of further wildfires," Stephen Van Mil, the CEO of the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital, said in a statement. Looks like good things that go around come around! And we're incredibly happy about that!