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The Australian Firefighters Calendar is back and it's on fire, raising money for charity

The Australian Firefighters Calendar is back and it's on fire, raising money for charity

This time, they are raising money to support animal welfare programs in the US.

Winter may have begun, but pictures from the new Australian Firefighters Calendar series will definitely make you sweat!

For its 29th edition, the popular Australian Firefighters Calendar is bringing six different editions that will stay in tune with its trademark of having shirtless firefighters posing with adorable critters.



 

Most of the animals appearing in the photos come from local refuge charities in Australia. "They will bring dogs, puppies, kittens and cats. We also use therapy horses who have helped autistic children and adults suffering from mental illness," David Rogers, the director of the Australian Firefighters Calendar, told Bored Panda last year. "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."



 

As the firefighters give smoldering poses, the animals in their arms also turn into absolute stars in front of the camera. Oftentimes, some of the firefighters fall so in love with the animals that they decide to adopt them.

"We have had firefighters adopt puppies and kittens from the photoshoot," Rogers previously said. "They never misbehave. It's like the animals know they are being photographed."



 

With fans across the globe, these must-have calendars are extra special because all the proceeds are donated to charity. This year, the Australian Firefighters Calendar has teamed up with U.S.-based Greater Good Charities to support Greater Good Charities' Rescue Rebuild program, according to PEOPLE. The program is aimed at the welfare of animals, and the money will be used to renovate animal shelters, homeless shelters, and domestic violence shelters.



 

"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," Lesley Cave, the director of partnerships at Greater Good Charities, said in a statement. "This will be the start of a long-lasting partnership on charity projects across the U.S."



 

The Australian Firefighters Calendar is also ecstatic to see their work make a difference in the US. The collaboration is also their way of expressing gratitude to American animal lovers, scores of whom have helped Australia recover from the ravaging effects of the 2019-2020 bushfire.

"The U.S. has been such a huge supporter of the Australian Firefighters Calendar over many years now," said David Rodgers, the director of the Australian Firefighters Calendar. "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."



 

Since the sale of the calendars began, several charities and non-profits have benefitted from the money raised by the Australian Firefighters Calendar. "In 2022 the Australian Firefighters Calendar is celebrating its 29th year of publication," they wrote on Facebook. "Since 2015 over $1 million dollars has been donated to various charities by the Australian Firefighters Calendar with a total of $3.2 million dollars in total raised since 1993."



 

To grab your calendar, click here.

Cover image credit: Australian Firefighters Calendar

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