Cape Town’s sizzling fire-fighters have been celebrated in a calendar that aims to raise funds for charity.
The calendar – the first of its kind in the city, and possibly the country – not only includes the expected hunky shirtless firemen but also a host of female fire-fighters too.
The initiative, a collaboration between the City of Cape Town and Hello Cape Town Magazine, is in aid of the burns unit of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
The fire-fighters and officials attended the official launch in Sea Point on Thursday afternoon.
JP Smith of Safety and Security said that the idea came about in 2014 at the Cape Town Carnival.
“We were all in attendance and enjoying the festivities when one of the floats went by with the couple of topless firemen on top of – we saw what a positive response it got and I thought, you know, we can actually pull this off!”
The fire-fighters at Thursday’s launch
The Red Cross Children’s Hospital burns unit is the only dedicated paediatric burns unit in Africa.
“The fire-fighters see over 1 300 children per year- 98% of these cases coming from impoverished communities,” said Chantal Cooper of Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
“We are really excited to be a beneficiary as we have a list of equipment that’s really going to make a change in the children’s lives in regards to scarring and of course being able to move forward,” she added.
The calendars are available for R70 at CNAs nationwide, PnP Western Cape stores and other selected outlets. If you cannot find one in a store near you, call 082 88 888 88 during office hours.