Look out firefighters, fursuiters arrive onto the charity calender scene
It can be difficult to raise money for good causes. In doing so, a bit of creativity can be king. So in the late 1990s the New York Fire Department had created an interesting idea to titillate some interest in giving money to help raise funding for their organizations. This calendar of heroes would be a yearly staple for the Big Apple, each month having one of their own posing with a warm smile, usually shirtless. This idea has been emulated by other firefighting organizations following its success.
Whether this was the inspiration when Artwork Tee when they decided to round up a bunch of fursuiters for their idea for their own charity calendar, I am not sure. What is certain is that these costumed furs will be far less exposed than their firefighter counterparts. In fact they will be quite heavily dressed in their animal costumes as they try to "Save the Baby Horses".
Saving the Baby Horses - Last Chance Corral
The proceeds will be going toward an equine sanctuary in Ohio, just northwest the border of West Virginia named Last Hope Corral. This organization takes in young foals that are found to be sickly and need special treatment and care that would otherwise have no home. Around 200 animals come through their doors on a yearly basis, and as a non-profit they rely on generous contributors to help with operating costs.
Those fursuiters that were included in the calender were given the opportunity to spend a day on the premises to see the facilities first hand in order to shoot their promotional video that had showed up on their respective YouTube channels. The one posted by Telephone was embedded here. There are others, and each do different things with the film they were given, which is a nice touch considering it would have been easy to post the same video on all their channels. In case of Australia’s Pocari Roo, a clever use of a green screen.
In order to purchase one of these calendars, and learn more about this project, go to their Indiegogo page. There are only a few days left to order these calendars ($35). If you show extra support you can also get a limited version that is signed by the personalities photographed ($95). There are also T-Shirt for sale which vary in cost depending on the size ordered.