Stu­dents strip for char­ity

Cheeky cal­en­dar raises money for univer­sity ball and Drought An­gels

The Western Star - - Rural Weekly - ANDREA DAVY [email protected]­ral­weekly.com.au

GET­TING 40 soon-to-be vets to bare all on a bru­tally cold and windy day was the easy part.

The real chal­lenge, ac­cord­ing to Vets Un­cov­ered cal­en­dar co-or­gan­iser Jes­sica Flem­ing, was se­lect­ing a char­ity to part­ner with.

“It was a class dis­cus­sion,” the 25-year-old said.

“Quite a few stu­dents were re­ally pas­sion­ate about us sup­port­ing a ru­ral men­tal health char­ity, while oth­ers wanted to do some­thing about the floods that we have had up here.

“We set­tled for the Drought An­gels. They are a per­fect fit be­cause they cover both.”

Orig­i­nally from Bris­bane, Jes­sica moved to James Cook Univer­sity in Townsville for her de­gree — she has watched pre­vi­ous years cre­ate the nude cal­en­dar.

The images shot by Leila Grigg Pho­tog­ra­phy are taste­ful, with hats, French Bull­dogs and Suzuki two-wheel mo­tor­bikes used to cover stu­dents’ nether re­gions.

“It’s be­come a rite of pas­sage,” she said.

“We had 40 stu­dents par­tic­i­pate.”

The May photo shoot took place on two prop­er­ties out­side of Char­ters Tow­ers.

Con­di­tions were chilly. There were quite a few laughs on the day, in­clud­ing watch­ing as one young male vet stu­dent was chased by Char­lotte the pig at one site but, over­all, Jes­sica said it wasn’t too taboo to be in the nude.

“We had planned to get naked as a group, do a ‘one, two three’ and we all drop our robes,” she said.

“But we were too dis­or­gan­ised.

“We got to the first shoot and said ‘who is ready?’ and four girls put up their hands.

“I think their con­fi­dence helped the rest of us.”

Jes­sica laughed it off ... but it was a dif­fi­cult con­ver­sa­tion telling her par­ents she would be a cal­en­dar gal.

“Dad made a face, but Mum was all for it, she wants to buy heaps of cal­en­dars,” she said.

The Vets Un­cov­ered 2020 cal­en­dar raises money for the stu­dents’ an­nual grad­u­a­tion ball and 10 per cent of pro­ceeds will be do­nated to the Drought An­gles.

Keen for a cal­en­dar?

Visit www.vet­sun­cov­ered. com to or­der a copy.

Pic­tures: LEILA GRIGG PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

BARE BOYS: Isaac Sauer, Aaron Lau, Thomas Madi­gan, Brit­ten Lockie, Tan­vir Bhatti and Alexan­der Hamil­ton for a char­ity cal­en­dar.

About 40 grad­u­ate vets from James Cook Univer­sity made a nude cal­en­dar to raise money for their end-of-year ball. This year 10 per cent of pro­ceeds will go to Drought An­gels.

Vet stu­dents An­tionette Palermo, Stacey O'Regan, Rilie Baker, Han­nah Dow­ton, Zoe Walker, Lily Hulse and Lili Koch.

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