Since the dawn of time (probably) people have had a soft spot for cute, cuddly creatures and since the dawn of Instagram, people have loved creeping on cute, cuddly creatures via adorable videos and of course, the beloved animal meme.
Which is why it’s a really great idea to include photos of said cuddly creatures in a calendar that raises money for those who need it after a particularly trying year.
Pop a few scantily clad Aussie firefighters in there and you’ve got yourself a best seller.
In case you’re not aware, that’s exactly what’s been happening for the past 28 years with the Australia Firefighters calendar.
Our very own Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation is the charity of choice for of the the 2021 calendars, which has raised over $3 million for various organisations in their time.
It’s not hard to see why.
Aussie Firefighters are flown in from around Australia to take part in the week-long shoot (obviously a little different this year) which involves them posing with various cuddly (and some not so cuddly) creatures for our viewing pleasure.
Obviously times are tough at the moment and with the last bushfire season creating so much devastation across the country, the funds raised from the calendar couldn’t have come at a better time for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation.
Of course, some of the firefighter images were shot at the hospital so you can expect to see the sweetest of koalas, slightly intimidating eagles, a playful dingo and a spiky little echidna to name a few.
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital opened 31 years ago and has grown to be one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world. It admits over 12,000 animals a year, including almost 600 koalas. The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital’s mission is to treat, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife and is a service that is provided free of charge to the community.
Not only those sweet little things though, there are also puppies and kittens included and honestly, what could be better than good looking men and adorable animals in the one image? Probably nothing.
The 2021 calendar will be available in October so do your eyes, and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, a favour and grab one here. We’ll remind you when the time comes, but in the meantime, you can donate to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital now here.
You are welcome.
Words and photos by Kirra Smith