This is probably the best thing to happen this year, and every year since 1993!
Let's get real, this year has been the absolute worst. We're in the midst of a global pandemic with no end in sight. We're all getting tired of sitting at home, too. However, the one thing that's here to make things hot is the Australian Firefighters Calendar for 2021. Last year was horrible for the continent, as Australia found themselves battling devastating bushfires which destroyed all kinds of flora, fauna as well as human life and property. The University Of Sydney estimates that nearly a billion species of animals have ceased to exist due to the intense fires that ravaged the nation.
The firefighters did an extremely amazing job, working day and night to battle the fire, and now, as a silver lining, they have gotten together, yet again, to pose for the Australian Firefighters Calendar. A tradition since 1993, the firefighters have been doing their bit to spread some cheer with their annual shoot, the proceeds of which go for a good cause. Honestly, it always sold out, because who doesn't want shirtless hot firefighters staring at them from their desks? Started with the aim to help the Children' Hospital Foundation in 1993, it has in its 28th year raised over $3.2 million for various charities. This time, the proceeds from the charity will go into treating animals injured in the bushfires.
As we reported earlier, firefighters from Australia’s Urban, Rural, Aviation, Armed Forces and Corporate fire fighting services have been coming together to create the world’s most iconic calendar since 1993! This kind of social service. They go through 3 rigorous weeks of photography, and then the final images are put together to create the annual Australian Firefighters Calendar for fans across the globe. It's always best to do your bit to help save the planet, and these shirtless hunks will definitely add some color to your life. The best part is that they will ship worldwide, so go do your part now.
"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," The Australian Firefighters Calendar team explained to Bored Panda in a statement. "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." Ever wondered how these firefighters are chosen to be a part of the calendar? Yeah, well, it's not that easy a process.
"Every year, hundreds of firefighters from around Australia submit photos to be part of the calendar photoshoot, but only 24 are chosen to come to the photoshoot on the Gold Coast," David Rogers, the director of the Australian Firefighters Calendar said. "Even then, there is no guarantee that you will have a successful photo included in the calendar." The animals featured in the calendar is from a few local shelters! "They will bring dogs, puppies, kittens and cats. We also use therapy horses who have helped autistic children and adults suffering from mental illness," Rogers explained.
"And we use Australian Wildlife from the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary. Ducklings, alpacas, goats, and lams, we have every animal you can think of at the photoshoot." It's so adorable when the firefighters bond with the rescues; some so much that they end up adopting the poor souls. "We have had firefighters adopt puppies and kittens from the photoshoot," Rogers said, adding that the animals are the stars of the show. "They never misbehave. It's like the animals know they are being photographed." Also, this entire shoot doesn't happen in one day. It takes a lot of time, and for the 2021 calendar, it took 17 days!
But it's completely worth the effort, especially since it's for a really good cause. "No one was left unaffected watching our precious wildlife trying to escape from the bushfires, and the loss of wildlife is beyond comprehension," Rogers recalled the 2019–20 Australian bushfire season, which was dubbed the Black Summer. "Everyone at the Australian Firefighters Calendar decided that all our efforts needed to be focused on Australian Wildlife this year." Listen, I'm already looking forward to the calendar for 2022 as well, because this probably seems like the only good thing that's bound to happen.