Call 911: The 2020 Australian Firefighters Calendar Is Too Hot To Handle
The temperatures may be cooling down but it’s the time of year that things are heating up for Australian Firefighters making a difference in the lives of rescue and therapy animals.
For 27 years, the Australian Firefighters Calendar has been an international hit. Begun in 1993, firefighters from Australia’s Urban, Rural, Armed Forces, Aviation and corporate fire-fighting services have been heating the days of the year up in the name of charity.
There are six different versions of the 2020 calendars, with the firefighters being photographed with rescue dogs, cats and horses. There’s also an Australian native animals version, as well as a farm edition. And, this year’s releases will be the world’s first International Firefighters Calendar, as firefighters from Germany and France will also be featured.
Proceeds of the calendars have supported Children’s Hospital organizations in significant ways in years past and this year, they’ll help fund the work of smaller local charities that focus on native Australian, rescue and therapy animals. David Rogers is the Director of the Australian Firefighters Calendar and said that they wanted to help smaller charities that the public rarely hears about. He believes the grassroots organizations they’ll help support this year deserve the funding due to their tireless work in their local communities.
Some of the organizations include Healing Hooves and The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. Healing Hooves helps children on the Autism spectrum with equine therapy as well as helping veterans who suffer from PTSD and those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital has been a leading caregiver for injured native Australian animals for over seven decades. In this year alone, the hospital will treat over 11,000 wounded animals, and funds from the calendar will help buy new equipment and pay to research diseases affecting the koala population.
Other charities that will benefit from calendar proceeds are BackTrack, and Down Syndrome South Australia.
Pets of The Homeless (POTH) will also benefit from the calendar proceeds. POTH feeds the pets of homeless people as well as temporarily houses pets who can’t be kept because their owners have been affected by domestic violence or other unexpected incidents. Calendar funds will help pay for food and veterinary care for the pets when their parents are going through difficult times.