Press release: Australian Firefighters Calendar
Now in its 29th year, the Australian Firefighters Calendar has produced six 2022 editions. As always, the favorite Cats, Dogs, Horse, Classic and Mixed Animal calendar featuring Australian wildlife will be available. To heat things up and for first time ever, there is the Summer edition calendar featuring firefighters enjoying the Australian beaches and having fun in the sun. The inaugural Summer calendar cover has been taken out by Australia’s fittest firefighter Matt Haydon.
With a proud 29-year history of supporting worthy causes within Australia, it was time to begin to help those in need internationally.
The Australian Firefighters Calendar is teaming up with well-known U.S.-based organization, Greater Good Charities. Sales of this year’s Australian Firefighters Calendar supports Greater Good Charities’ Rescue Rebuild program, which helps to renovate animal shelters, domestic violence shelters and homeless shelters to help pets and the people who care for them.
One of the projects the Greater Good Charities will be supporting will be the “Lost Our Home” renovation. The project will be carried out by the Greater Goods Rescue Build team in conjunction with the Jackson Galaxy Project. Existing shelter rooms will be redesigned for animals requiring comfort after coming in from domestic violence situations.
“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,” said Lesley Cave, director of Partnerships for Greater Good Charities. “This will be the start of a long-lasting partnership on charity projects across the U.S.”
For the first time in its 29-year history the calendar will be printed outside Australia for the U.S. market. The calendars will be printed in Dallas, Texas, and distributed for the U.S., Canadian, South American and Asian supporters.
“The U.S. has been such a huge supporter of the Australian Firefighters Calendar over many years now,” noted David Rogers, director of Australian Firefighters Calendar. “We are so happy to be in a position to begin donating to US based charities now and into the future. To be partnering with an organization as well respected as Greater Good Charities is the opportunity we have been waiting for. It was really important to us that the product was printed in the US by an American company, employing American workers. For the Australian Firefighters it’s really exciting to be involved.”
The support from the Australian Firefighters Calendar to the U.S. is born from a gesture of goodwill between two countries. The overwhelming support from the American people will never be forgotten by Australia when we suffered through the worst bushfires in recent memory. The money that was raised by our US fans went to support native Australian animals that were severely injured. One of the incredible local based charities supported by the calendar donation was the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital.
From humble beginnings two years ago, a handful of passionate veterinary surgeons and nurses came together to establish the wildlife hospital. Through the determination of the local community in Byron Bay they were able to raise enough money to build Australia’s first mobile wildlife hospital.
“The support the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital received from the US was phenomenal and it continues to this day,” explained Stephen Van Mil, CEO of The Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital. “The funds have enabled us to start building another mobile hospital to support our wildlife in the event of further wildfires.”
“When the bushfires occurred earlier this year, I had a nine-week-old baby at home and felt helpless for all the wildlife that were affected,” added Dr. Bree Talbot, wildlife veterinarian, Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital. “When this position popped up on my computer, I applied straight away as I felt I could really try and make a difference.”
The Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is one of the many important native hospitals that the calendar will support again this year. The 2022 Australian Firefighters Calendar will also be supporting the following organizations;
Native Animal Rescue
Safe Haven Animal Rescue
Australian Seabird Rescue
Fauna Rescue of SA
Thrive to Survive
Kids With Cancer Foundation
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital