Firefighter helps to make June sizzle

Christina Stephan and Ian Bransby have a date in the calendar to raise money for the PMH Burns Unit.
Christina Stephan and Ian Bransby have a date in the calendar to raise money for the PMH Burns Unit.

A ROCKINGHAM firefighter is among a group of Perth⿿s hottest firefighters who are turning up the heat to help children throughout WA as part of the sizzling 2016 Perth Firefighters Calendar.

Christina Stephan put her body on the line along with 13 of her colleagues in the Firefighters Calendar, which fundraises for PMH Foundation to support the Burns Unit at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

She is the only female to appear in the 2016 calendar.

The annual Firefighters Calendar was unveiled at a hotly anticipated launch party late last month at the Crown Casino’s Eve nightclub.

Ms Stephan graces the calendar’s June page alongside fellow firey Ian Bransby, and said the calendar was a great cause as well as a way to be a positive role model for young people.

‘‘I don’t have any kids, and I don’t know any kids affected by burns, but I did want to show children a healthy real role model who fights every day to help other kids like them,” she said.

“I wanted to let them know they are not alone.”

PMH Foundation chief executive Denys Pearce said the Foundation’s long-standing partnership with the Perth Firefighters Calendar has been a huge success, raising more than $700,000 to help fund cutting-edge equipment and research at the hospital’s Burns Unit over the past eight years.

“The Burns Unit at Princess Margaret Hospital cares for thousands of children from throughout WA each year, so the equipment funded by the Firefighters Calendar really does make a difference for these children, in terms of supporting their recovery from a burn injury to ensure they’re able to live full and active lives as much as possible,” he said.

Calendars are available for $15 from the Volunteer’s Kiosk at PMH, or online at pmhfoundation.