Pics with purpose

Firefighter Carl Grigg is Mr April in the 2014 PMH Fireman Calendar.| Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d412748
Firefighter Carl Grigg is Mr April in the 2014 PMH Fireman Calendar.| Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d412748

Mr Grigg, who features in the 2014 Perth firefighters’ calendar as Mr April, said its sale raised money for the Princess Margaret Hospital burns unit and helped local firies participate at the biennial World Police and Fire Games.

‘It’s an active and fun way to help raise money for a great cause,’ he said.

‘I enjoy all parts of being involved with the calendar ” the photo shoot, the places we sell the calendars and the launch event are fun and exciting to be a part of.’

B Platoon Perth firefighter Andrew Lane said the calendar had been ‘on and off since the 1980s’, but was relaunched in its current format in 2008.

Since then, sales have raised more than $400,000 for the PMH burns unit. Mr Lane said this had helped to fit out the Stitches Megazone play area and buy things like a Primo Ferro Bath, which is ‘a bath system that allows patients with burns or other chronic skin conditions to have their dressings removed through vibrations in the water to minimise pain’.

‘This year we hope to raise $100,000 that will go towards the scarless healing research project,’ he said.

‘Burns units within children’s hospitals hold a special place in the hearts of firefighters all over the world.

‘We see the pain and suffering from burns first-hand.’

Mr Lane said this year’s calendar featured 16 firefighters, three of whom are women.

Off-duty fire fighters will be selling the calendars at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City for $10 in the lead-up to Christmas and also at Whitford City on December 21 and 22.