It didn’t take much to convince the firefighters participating in this year’s Australian Firefighters Calendar to help out. Not after they learned that funds raised by the popular charity calendars will be donated to many animal rescue organizations that helped the wild animals affected by the destructive wildfires that burned over 18.6 million hectares of land in Australia in 2019 and 2020.
“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,” said Leading Firefighter Cameron Simpson of Fire Rescue New South Wales.
“Everyone at the Australian Firefighters Calendar decided that all our efforts needed to be focussed on Australian Wildlife this year,” explained David Rogers, Director of Australian Firefighter Calendar. And with the added stress of COVID-19, Rogers added, “Coronavirus was never going to stop us from bringing smiles to faces across the world.”
We can all certainly enjoy something to lighten the mood, and what better way than gazing upon handsome firefighters and adorable rescued animals?
Although COVID-19 made getting animal participants a bit more challenging for the Calendar organizers, they put out a call to the public to bring in their rescued animals to pose with the volunteer firefighters for the Dogs and Cats calendars. And what an adorable bunch of animals they are!
Farm animals participated.
A few recognizable Australian wild animals and celebrity pets make appearances too. From a kangaroo named Jack to Didga the Skateboarding Cat, these pictures are sure to bring a smile to your face.
Funds raised really do make a difference. Last year’s popular Animal Lovers Calendar helped fund new equipment and supplies for nearly half a year to a team of vets and volunteers. Their crew worked tirelessly to save koalas, wombats, kangaroos and birds.
“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,” Dr. Michael Pyne of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital said.
This year money will also go towards building Australia’s first mobile Wildlife emergency hospital.
Psst. You can see more dog pics from the 2021 Dogs and Firefighters Calendar here.
There are six different calendars to choose from – from the Classic calendar that started it all, to ones only featuring animals.
Among this year’s charity beneficiaries are Native Animal Rescue, Wildcare Inc, Safe Haven Animal Rescue, RACQ, Rural Aid, Australian Seabird Rescue, and Kids with Cancer Foundation.