Do A "Calendar Girls" (Or Boys) Style Naked Or Semi Naked Calendar For Animal Rights!
Have you have ever seen the film “The Calender Girls? It was based on the true story of a branch of The Women’s Institute trying to think of effective ways of fundraising for charity. They decided upon creating a calendar where they all posed naked, with only items related to W.I. activities covering their modesty.
Image: A picture from the film “The Calendar Girls”, based on true events of the highly unexpected way they went about fundraising for charity.
This is a fundraising for charity idea that can easily be adapted to animal rights or animal rescue causes. Finding people willing to do it can be a challenge, but the original W.I calendar girls were all different ages and sizes and their calendar was hugely successful.
One reason the W.I. calendar was so successful seemed to be because they were “real” women, rather than models, which made the calendar so unique.
People can be reassured that any bits of their body they are self conscious about can be hidden by animals or related props. PLUS, there is always the magic of Photoshop, so they will be safe in the knowledge that they will be given the flattering air brush treatment, just like the celebs in the magazines.
The lady below is wearing a bra made of lettuce to promote veganism or vegetarianism, and generally being kind to animals instead of killing them to make goods out of.
You can go as risque , comedic, cute, sweet, or heart-melting as you like – as long as you keep away from ANYTHING that could be misconstrued as remotely suggestive of bestiality!
It is good to include men in the calender, and people of all sizes, shapes and ages. Rope in your friends, husbands, boyfriends, partners, and even parents and other relatives. The more variety, the more interest it is likely there will be in the calendar.
Image: Men take part in fundraising for charity and promoting awareness of animals rights by posing naked with animals and related props.
With each picture, you could write a little information about what message you are trying to get across, and the cruelty you are trying to raise awareness of and stop.
You could also relate your pictures to the months or seasons as much as possible. For example, in winter, when some people wear fur coats, you could say “don’t wear a murdered animal this winter, cuddle a live furry animal to keep warm instead”, and then write in smaller print a little bit about why it is so cruel to wear fur.
You could use each month to highlight a different animal rights issue.
In a spring month you could use a spring lamb with the message of not eating them, and the same with a Turkey at Christmas.
If you cannot get hold of the particular animal you need for a picture, find a volunteer with Photoshop skills who can help create the picture you want.
Keep the pictures sweet and happy looking, not gruesome or bloody, as people will not want to look at those pictures.
You and others could then sell the calendars to animal rights supporters online, to friends and family, work colleagues, etc.
The local media should also be notified about the calander, as they may be interested in the way you are fundraising for charity, and could create more publicity.
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