Riana men’s calendar selling like hotcakes

Models: Rod Walker, Michael Fielding, Charlie Stuart, Terry Russell and Clinton Richards at the launch of the calendar. Picture: Cordell Richardson One big night of fundraising has taken the Riana community within reach of their goalto purchase a defibrillator for the local fire station.

The community raised about $4000 on Saturday night with the launch of theToo Hot to Handle calendar at Riana Cricket Club.

About 100 people turned out for the first opportunity to get their hands on a copy of the calendar, for which about 30 local men modelled for.

The idea for the calendar, which features the models getting their kit off, was to raise money for the defibrillator and other funds for the community.

Unlike your average calendar, Too Hot to Handle lasts for 18 months, so buyers can really get their money’s worth.

Pam Fielding was one of the organisers of the event, which has been hailed as a big success.

With a $10 entry fee, more than 100 calendars sold at $20 and other donations, Mrs Fielding said nearly $4000 was raised on the night.

With defibrillators valued at $4500, they are not too far off the mark.

“We’re off to a good start,” Mrs Fielding said.

“We’ve printed 1500 calendars, so if we can sell the rest of them, that’s nearly $3000.Everything beyond that is profit.”

Although the defibrillator is their main priority, it is hoped that extra funds will allow them to spend some money in other parts of town, such as the primary school, community centre and Pioneer Park.

“A little bit goes a long way and we came close to the $4500 onone night, Mrs Fielding said.

“The moremore we can sell, the more the community will benefit.”

This is not the first time Riana residents have stripped off for a good cause.

About 10 years ago, the women of Riana did the same thing, so it was suggested it was time for the men to do likewise.

Terry Russell

Terry Russell, who was one of the models for the calendar, raised the idea and a few hours latercalendar committee chairperson Suzan Russell had 15 models lined up, ready to go.

“I don’t know what it is, but people just can’t say no to Suzan,” Mrs Fielding said.

“They were all in it for the good of the community and for a bit of fun.They were willing to poke fun at each other and take it on the chin.”

While the calendar has already been met with a warm reception in Riana, the plan now is to get more sales in other parts of the Central Coast and surrounding areas.

The calendar is now available at Caltex Penguin, Kings Feast in Ulverstone, Wivenhoe IGA, GW Landscape Penguin, Riana store and the South Riana Store.

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