London, Oct 18 (ANI): Officials of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) have bared all for tongue-in-cheek calendars, the proceeds from the sales of which will go towards the welfare of animals.
Ten workers appear on the calendar and some of them have even been snapped with animals rescued by the RSPCA.
The Telegraph quoted chief inspector John Pollock, from Taunton, Somerset, as saying: ''I have always had the thought that this could be a good fund-raiser if done properly and tastefully. ''The majority of charity calendars are bought by women at Christmas as stocking fillers, so we decided to use male officers as the models for this first one - and if they sell like hot cakes, then who knows what we will do next year?
''We were really keen to ensure the poses were tasteful and we also wanted to showcase the range of skills our officers have, so we have included images of rope rescue, water rescues and working at heights as well as dealing with larger and more specialist animals like horses.''
RSPCA's regional communications officer Jo Barr, who put forward the idea of the calendar, said: ''Although there are already a number of charity 'naked' calendars produced every year, we felt this would be something very different.
''It gives our supporters a chance to buy something fun, and worlds apart from the typical animal calendar people might usually associate with the RSPCA.
''When you are a large respected organisation, and you embark on an unusual project like this there is always a concern that it may raise a few eyebrows.
''But the feel of the calendar is light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek and we hope that people will understand that it is all about raising funds and awareness of animal welfare at a time when fund-raising is very challenging.'' (ANI)